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Week that gives hope

Holy Week, the most important week among Christians, began on Palm Sunday and will end on Easter Sunday. During the week, the last days of Jesus Christ’s 33 years will be enacted in every church.

india Updated: Apr 21, 2011 00:44 IST
Filomena Jose

Holy Week, the most important week among Christians, began on Palm Sunday and will end on Easter Sunday. During the week, the last days of Jesus Christ’s 33 years will be enacted in every church. With Easter, the 40 days of Lenten season also comes to an end. During the period, the Church tells believers to observe prayerful reflection and action.

The Lent begins with Ash Wednesday by smearing one’s forehead with ash. This symbolic gesture reminds us we are but “dust and ashes”. The analogy goes further: unlike ordinary clay, we are in the hands of the ‘Divine Potter’ who is continually fashioning us into His own image.

On Holy Thursday, we are called to let ourselves be fully present to the Lord as we participate in the re-enactment of his “Last Supper”. Like the beloved disciple John, we place ourselves close to Jesus’ heart. We seek the Lord’s forgiveness for our many betrayals of his trust. We beg him to help us understand his mysteries and not make false promises as Peter did. Daily Mass is the replication of this “Last Supper.”

During every Friday of Lent, Christians re-trace the “Way of the Cross” in memory of Christ’s suffering and sacrifice. The ‘journey’ to Calvary, during which Christ fell thrice, reassures us that ‘falling’ is part of life, but we must rise decisively, graciously accepting help when available, if we are to stay committed to our God-given mission. Though burdened by our own ‘crosses’, we must also raise our eyes to look compassionately on those who are in pain and let them know we empathize.

Good Friday is the day of mourning as Christ died on this day. The believers spend the day fasting and doing penance for their sins. They silently observe Jesus’ gestures of forgiveness and reassurance.

After three days of Easter Sunday, Jesus resurrects, which gives hope of new life.