Every New Year’s Day I have such good resolutions but usually by the end of the week
or month they have faded into oblivion! The discipline I need to carry them out
seems to take a back seat to something easier.
In the gospel we cry out “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” when just at the beginning
of Mass at the procession with the palms we were crying out “Hosanna! Blessed is
he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
What a contrast. One moment we are full of good resolutions and promises to follow
Christ but when it comes time to do so and it looks hard or interferes in our schedule
or plans, we change our minds.
With Holy Week coming, I challenge all of us to enter into and seriously look at
the Paschal Triduum, beginning with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday
(7:00pm) continuing with Good Friday (Noon) and ending with Easter (Saturday at
8:00pm or Sunday at 9:00 and 11:00) as vital steps toward becoming a more consistent
disciple of Christ, I encourage you to go out of your way to attend these services
and give your whole heart to the Lord, who died for each one of us.
We enter into Jerusalem with our Lord, we meet him at the Table of Life, we are saved
by his crucifixion and we are promised eternity by his resurrection. He certainly
went out of his way to say “I love you!”