It’s Palm Sunday already? Time sure did fly by this Lent. Did you fulfill all your Lenten promises…go to Stations of the Cross, resist that tempting dessert, and curb that bad habit? Ready or not, here we are at the holiest week of the year. The Triduum will quickly be upon us and Lent a memory for another year. How are you going to spend this week? Will you be engrossed in what you need to get done for the Easter feast and let this holy time pass you by? Will you allow this week to be swallowed up in worldly ‘to do’ lists? Or, are you going to STOP and take some time to delve into the richness of the liturgies this week?
We start out Mass today by proclaiming, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, the king of Israel.” Not long after, we find ourselves crying out, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” How quickly we change our tune. We do the same thing in our day-to-day lives. Behind our Lenten promises was a collection of good intentions, but once the newness wore off, keeping those promises became harder. Why do we get so stuck on making sacrifices during Lent and fail to see that we can make these sacrifices anytime during the year?
So, if your lent was anything but stellar, take comfort. The Lord calls you to be with Him in this Holy Week. Set aside your failed promises, set aside your worldly cares, and rejoice in His redeeming gift. Spend time with the Lord on Holy Thursday night, revel in the gift of the cross on Good Friday, and celebrate His glorious resurrection coming only one short week away.