Holy Week Reflection: Now We Wait

It’s Holy Saturday and our Lenten pilgrimage is coming to a close. If you have not been able to live out all your aspirations for a deeper spiritual connection with Jesus it’s still not too late. Holy Mother Church gives us one more opportunity to enter more intensely into this Season of Lent. No Mass is offered today and we should use this time to reflect on Christ’s Passion. This Holy Saturday is unlike Holy Saturday some 2,000 years ago when the Apostles were agonizing over the death of their friend and teacher, when they were unsure of what the future would hold for them. We, unlike them 2,000 years ago, have the benefit of living in 2017 and knowing that Good Friday is not the end of the story. We can draw upon the knowledge of the Resurrection and that the incarnate Son of God came into this world to redeem us and offer us salvation. In 1 Peter 2:24, we read: “In his own body (he) brought your sins to the cross, so that all of us, dead to sin, could live in accord with God’s will. By his wounds you were healed.” Jesus surrendered himself to the will of his Father. Are you now willing to surrender yourself to Jesus, pick up your cross, and follow his teachings?