Reflections over the Easter Triduum

Holy Thursday


From the Divine Office for today (emphasis by me):

Since in Jesus, the Son of God, we have the supreme high priest who has gone through to the highest heaven, we must never let go of the faith that we have professed.

For it is not as if we had a high priest who was incapable of feeling our weaknesses with us; but we have one who has been tempted in every way that we are, though he is without sin.

Let us be confident, then, in approaching the throne of grace, that we shall have mercy from him and find grace when we are in need of help. Hebrews 4:14-16

How is it that three lines from St Paul are enough to chew over for a whole year, never mind one, holy, day? As we enter the Easter Triduum I’ll try to post a little snippet from the liturgy or the office each day, something to help start the day with Christ in mind.

Good Friday



From the Divine Office:

Christ, our king, you were the scorn of the people, a worm not a man;
  teach us to tread your path of humility.
When I look at the scene, Jesus being made to wear a robe and crown of thorns and blindfold, letting himself be mocked and spun around and kicked about, what is astounding about it is not the depravity and stupid violence of his captors, which is literally common as muck – as any movie or news report will tell you.
No, what bursts out of the scene is the astounding and shocking humility of Jesus, it fairly bursts forth, shining darkly from it.
It seems the opposite of his transfiguration on the mountain, which plainly showed his glory, but this is no less revealing of his true nature. I can’t fathom the tender humility, mercy, and sheer power of God, and I’ve never seen it anywhere so clearly than in the accounts of Jesus’ Passion.

He asked us to imitate him and I don’t even know how I could get anywhere close to ‘achieving’ this kind of humility – but I guess what is impossible for man is possible for God! Dear God!

Holy Saturday



From the Divine Office:

Something strange is happening – there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep.





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