For those of us who are believers in Christ, this is a most sacred week – a week from one Sunday until the next – Holy Week.
Our Savior, fully God and fully man, rode into the city of Jerusalem on a day we call Palm Sunday to shouts of “Hosanna!” and palm branches waved in His honor. He was hailed as King.
“A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of Him and those that followed shouted, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David!’ “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ‘Hosanna in the highest heaven!” When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, ‘Who is this?’ “ ~ Matthew 21:8-10
Jesus shook the city up with his teachings and religious leaders did not like the way people followed and listened to Him. As the week continued, there were those who sought to get rid of Him in any way possible. And one of His own would betray Him.
“Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, and they plotted to arrest Jesus in some sly way and kill him.” ~ Matthew 26: 3-4
On this day called Maundy Thursday, Jesus gathered His disciples together for the Passover meal in an upper room. While they ate, He told them of things to come and gave them instructions to use bread and wine as symbols to remember Him.
“And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way, after the supper He took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.’ “ ~ Luke 22:18-20
As Christians, we follow those instructions by taking communion – breaking the bread which symbolized His broken body on a rugged wooden cross and drinking the cup, which symbolized His blood spilled out as He suffered and died taking all of our transgressions upon Himself to provide salvation for each one of us.
We remember... the worst would come on Friday and yet the very best occurred on Sunday – Easter Sunday, Resurrection Day.
We remember...with gratitude beyond measure and a fierce love for our Savior.
“If we but paused for a moment to consider attentively what takes place in this Sacrament, I am sure that the thought of Christ’s love for us would transform the coldness of our hearts into a fire of love and gratitude.” – St. Angela of Foligno