For Christians around the world today, Palm Sunday, marks the beginning of Holy Week, the days leading up to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Holy Week has always been a special week for me spiritually as this week is a high point of much emotion in the life of Jesus, His early followers, and for me. In my personal spiritual journey I try my best to understand what it was like living in the time of Jesus. I read historical books as well as the Bible, trying to get into the feelings and emotions of the people of the time. An attempt to try to understand what was happening “behind the scenes”. In my effort to have a deeper and closer relationship with God, I immerse myself into the Bible stories, trying to feel what they felt; experience what they experienced, for this week is a recollection of not just a story, but of real events which happened to real people. Real emotions, real feelings, real experiences.
Our challenge this week is to enter into the emotions of the apostles as they experienced the events leading up to the betrayal, arrest, death and resurrection of their dear friend, Jesus. The emotions of this week begin today, with the joyous high of Palm Sunday as Jesus enters, as a hero, into Jerusalem, to the confusion of Holy Thursday as one of their own betrays Jesus, leading to the fear and depression of Good Friday as Jesus is tortured and killed. Their friend, Jesus, whom they left family and jobs for, is now dead, betrayed by one of their own! Then comes the bewilderment and hope of Easter morning!
Later this week I will share with you my reflections as we recall the events of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and of course Easter Sunday. I invite you to join with me in my spiritual journey this week. Feel free to share with us your reflections and emotions on this holy week. My reflection today: what can the emotions and reactions of the apostles this week teach me about my own faith life?