A bit of Passion
The season of Lent exists for just one purpose – to prepare ourselves ‘to celebrate the Paschal (Easter) mystery with minds and hearts renewed’. Over the last four and a half weeks, through Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving (acts of charity) we have had a shot at this – and more importantly, let God loose on our lives! Even if Lent has not been a great one so far, it is never too late.
In the next week or so, Lent takes a much sharper and more serious focus as we prepare to ‘enter into’ the story of Jesus’ suffering, death, and rising to new life. We call this period ‘Passiontide’, and the difference is apparent even in the church building, where the statues are now veiled, the holy water stoup is emptied, and the votive candles are removed. Things must get a little more stark if we’re to really enter into what lies ahead – and appreciate the joy that still seems a long way away. Unlike Christmas, where we get happier and more excited as Christ’s birth approaches, the Easter story is a real ‘thriller’, a roller-coaster of emotions, and it carries a sense of suspense that remains in place until the Easter Vigil.
The week after next is even more focused. It is known as Holy Week, and this is when, in our hearts and minds, we join Jesus and his disciples as they enter Jerusalem and events unfold…