This is it folks. We are in the thick of it. Holy Week 2012. Yesterday, we laid out the palms for the arrival of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus. Thursday we will celebrate the Last Supper or as I like to call it, the First Mass. After Mass on Thursday evening, we will then enter Jesus’ Passion. I for one, am not looking forward to this.
Good Friday for me, is quite possibly, the worst day of the year for me. I feel like everyone is out to get me. This is one reason why I try to take the day off or at least half the day off. But, I know that all the suffering that I endure, is good. At 3pm, the hour that Jesus died on the Cross, I can feel God’s presence leave Earth. Its a very odd phenomenon, and if you haven’t ever noticed this, take a moment to think about it this Friday. Do you feel anything different about Friday and Saturday that is different from any other day of the year?
On Holy Saturday, we await for Jesus’ Resurrection. We look forward to celebrating Easter. Whether you go to the Vigil Mass (which is always beautiful seeing converts join the Church (and reminds me of my conversion)) or Sunday Mass, the joy of the Risen Christ is there. Christ conquered death and is now RISEN! This is such an incredible mystery that we should reflect upon it far more often than we do.
I will admit, that Lent this year has not been as terrible as years past. This is good! It’s nice having Lent not be painful and frustrating on a day to day basis. I really feel that I have grown into a better person this year and I’ve made changes that I hope I can carry out with me for the rest of my life.
I hope that you have had a good Lent as well. If Lent hasn’t been great for you, don’t give up. Easter is only 5 more days away.