We enter the holy season of Lent commemorating the fasting of Jesus in the desert. We enter into the depths of the mystery of salvation from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday and we call this period the Holy Week. The meditation of the mysteries is what makes this week the Holy Week.
We celebrate the victorious entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Maundy Thursday reminds us that Christ came into the world to serve and not to be served and we are to follow his footsteps. We also recollect Christ’s promise to us, ‘I will not leave you orphans’ (John 14:18), on this day. We meditate on the suffering and death of Christ on the Cross on Good Friday.
The Holy Cross of Jesus reveals to us the mercy and kindness of God. When the good thief called out to Jesus, He consoles him by saying, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise” (Luke 23:43). Jesus does not stop there and even until His last breath He continues to pray for the humanity “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do” (Luke 23:34).
When we meditate on the mystery of salvation we realize that we serve a merciful and kind God we see in 1 John 4:8 God is referred to Love. We learn the depth of Love God has for us through the suffering of Jesus at the Cross and we see Jesus saying He who has seen me has seen the Father (John 14:9).
Let us mediate on the mystery of Christ and let this reveal to us the depth of God’s grace and kindness towards mankind. Let us heed God’s calling in Joel, “So rend your heart, and not your garments; return to the Lord your God (Joel 2:13) and return to the Lord with a heart of repentance.
Fr Joseph Mundolickal CST