This is certainly one of the most challenging Lenten seasons we have ever experienced. As we go through our own challenges, let’s think about how the first disciples felt, the ones who walked with Jesus on his final journey to Jerusalem and accompanied him through his passion and crucifixion.
They probably felt similar to the way many of us feel today: worried and anxious as they saw his situation go from bad to worse. They were powerless to stop his suffering, and after his death they huddled together in fear, not knowing what their own fate would be.
The difference between us and them is that we know how the story of Jesus ends, or perhaps I should say continues, in the resurrection and in the presence of God’s comforting and fortifying Spirit in our life. It’s that Spirit in whom we live and move. It’s that Spirit who shows us the way to newness of life both in this world and in the next.
As Jesus passed from this life on Good Friday he prayed, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” Let his prayer be the model for our prayer this Holy Week. “Father, I entrust my life into your hands.” Blessings on your Lenten journey!
“Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.” (Eucharistic liturgy)