After almost 10 years of being Catholic and 9 Lents as a revert to the faith, it dawned on me on Passion Sunday (Palm Sunday) why the Church really
emphasizes the importance of holy week. (Yes, I know, I am a slow learner!) The priest reminded us in his homily that this week we have the opportunity to reflect on Christ's passion, death and resurrection FOR OUR SINS
, and pray that God uses the liturgies and devotions of this week to bring us closer to Him. The Church has been encouraging the faithful for 2000 years to pay extra-special attention to the story of our salvation this week. It gives me chills to think that I am given the opportunity to participate in all the events of Holy Week and walk together again with Jesus Christ, the Blessed Virgin Mary and the apostles. Why do we do this? For only one reason- to bring us closer to Christ and bring others with us to heaven. That's what the gospel is all about: "Salvátor mundi, salva nos, qui per crucem et resurrectiónem tuam liberásti nos."
"Save us, Savior of the world, for by your Cross and Resurrection, you have set us free.”
(Memorial Acclamation, concluding the Eucharistic prayer)