by Sr. Barbara Ficenec, ND
Today’s liturgy offers abundant imagery to each of us for reflection and heartfelt response.
Whether we choose to place ourselves amidst the crowd who acclaimed Jesus in Jerusalem or at the Last Supper table, on Mount Gethsemane or Mount Calvary, might we remain for a while?
Let the mind dwell on what is seen and comprehended through silent faith vision; claim it and feel its impact within. What might this mean? Something very singular and valuable will happen to each participant.
I chose to enter the Garden of Gethsemane. I observed Jesus asking Peter, James, and John to REMAIN and WATCH with Him for His hour had come. I focused on the plea that Jesus made and, I asked myself, “Can I move closer, comfortably place my hand on the Lord’s shoulder to whisper that I’m here?”
Confidently I did approach to show my grateful love and support. With a warm pressure of my hand on His arm, I wanted Jesus to know that He matters to me.
As a mother fondly watches over her sleeping child, a youngster holds tightly to the safety of its Dad’s hand clasp, and an athlete enjoys the victory of endless practice hours, we will never regret having given the Lord our efforts and time to be with Him.
Just fifteen minutes a day during this Holy Week in quiet reflection on the Sacred Events of the Passion and Death of Jesus will reap a surprise of spiritual treasures, peace, and joy. Do give it a try.
A Blessed Easter to ALL!