I found this card in the chapel of my school today, and I thought it was the perfect way to start off reflections for Holy Week.
This is a week unlike any other in our year of faith. At least, it’s supposed to be. Unfortunately, it’s easy to get sidetracked by the fact that lots of people are on spring break (or like us, wildly anticipating spring break). It’s easy to get caught up in studying for tests and being slammed by homework. It’s easy to get caught up in making prom plans (who even invented the group text on iPhones anyway?!). Or, it’s easy to just get caught up doing nothing.
To truly enter into Holy Week, we must make the effort. Whether that’s attending Daily Mass or just finding the daily readings and reflections online, it’s a time we can embrace as an opportunity to grow closer to Christ.
One of the most intimate and beautiful ways we can do this is by uniting our small, daily sufferings to that of His. It’s a practice that we’re supposed to do all year long, but Holy Week is like the “spiritual bootcamp” time for our soul. It’s a time to totally surrender that which holds us back from Him. And for many of us, this means offering up our sufferings.
I’m reading The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis right now (it’s a classic…I’m talking like 1418 A.D.) One of the passages that struck me today was entitled, “Temporal Suffering Should be Borne Patiently After the Example of Christ.”
MY CHILD, I came down from heaven for your salvation and took upon Myself your miseries, not out of necessity but out of love, that you might learn to be patient and bear the sufferings of this life without repining. From the moment of My birth to My death on the cross, suffering did not leave Me. I suffered great want of temporal goods. Often I heard many complaints against Me. Disgrace and reviling I bore with patience. For My blessings I received ingratitude, for My miracles blasphemies, and for My teaching scorn.
It absolutely addresses the core of Holy Week. The simplest way we can grow in love this week is to offer EVERYTHING (our prayers, our works, our joys, and especially our sufferings) to Christ. Whether it’s small or big, rather than dwelling upon what burdens us, we can humbly offer it to the Lord.
To be continued.
As always, love and prayers,