Holy Week

April 2023

by Catherine Maresca

I have been meditating on mercy during this Lenten season. God’s outpouring of love everywhere, on everything, and all the time. God’s womb-love, in which we live and move and have our being.

During Holy Week we may focus on the particular kind of mercy – forgiveness – that Jesus asked for on behalf of others as he died on the cross. But in John’s Gospel we hear Jesus asking for mercy, outpouring love, of all kinds –

·  a new commandment, to love one another as Jesus loves us

·  the spirit of truth

·  peace

·  life in True Vine

·  joy

·  guidance

·  faith

·  courage

These and many other gifts of Holy Week are wrapped in the signs of Jesus’ words and acts. We need not open them all at once, but could we write their names on slips of paper as we notice them, and open one once in a while? We can consider how they have been present in our lives already, and how and why God is offering it to us now.

We share the love and joy of gifts quite naturally at Christmas. The gift of “God with us” reflected in millions of acts of gift-giving in a few short weeks. Holy Week is also a time of gifts, gifts that we in turn can offer to our neighbors, our families, and ourselves as well.

Finally, we are always aware of the gift of children among us. Children who can be initiated into a celebration of Holy Week as a shower of gifts, rather than a deluge of sorrow. Let us walk with them into the joyful reality of life, death and risen life, and the daily outpouring of God’s abundant mercy.

Leave a Reply

Lent: A time for Remaining

Monthly letters to help put the work of the catechist of the Good Shepherd into the context of the larger world · from the archives February 2018 by Catherine Maresca Once again

Between Saints and Thanksgiving

November 2022 by Catherine Maresca This month began with a celebration of the saints of our lives, including a memorial service for my sister-in-law who passed into eternal love in

Communion of the Holy Ones

Monthly letters to help put the work of the catechist of the Good Shepherd into the context of the larger world · from the archives October 2016 by Catherine Maresca This month

An Oasis of Peace

Monthly letters to help put the work of the catechist of the Good Shepherd into the context of the larger world · from the archives June 2017 by Catherine Maresca The goal

Pushing Forward On Anti-Racism

February 2022 by Catherine Maresca It’s Black History Month, and a good time to consider our efforts against racism in our atria and churches. With the murders of George Floyd