During Holy Week, the church rehearses the final days of Jesus’ life. We began the week on Palm/Passion Sunday. The dual title recognizes the twin realities of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and Christ’s agonizing death at Golgotha.
This week Christians experience the extremes of the human condition:
- Palm Sunday
- Passion Sunday
- A parade
- A death march
- Cries of Hosanna!
- Cries of Crucify him!
Many believers skip from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, from palms to lilies, from celebration to celebration, skipping the Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday which separate the two Sundays. In doing so, they fail to witness the unimaginable height, width, and depth of divine love.
During this Holiest of Weeks, we are called to follow in the footsteps of Jesus on the Via Dolorosa—The Way of Suffering—which leads to Golgotha. Let us journey together to the foot of the cross . . . and beyond.