The Raphael Remedy

Holy Week is Upon Us

by | Apr 13, 2019 | General

Holy Week is Upon Us…it’s time.

As we complete our Lenten journey, this is a good time to evaluate those sins and hurts that cling to us…that keep us bound in spiritual and emotional chains. It’s time they get rattled. Holy week is nearly here—that sacred week where we enter into the Pascal mystery of our redemption.

Contemplate that. This week is about you. And me. It’s about our redemption. It’s about our Savior who carried your sins and mine to that agonizing garden in Gethsemane, who nailed those sins to the bloody cross, who buried those sins in the tomb.

What are you holding onto?

What are those sins that cling to you?

What are the hurts that just won’t heal in your life?

It’s time. It’s time to walk along with Jesus. Slip into the Garden on Holy Thursday and observe. What is He seeing? What is the cause of His agony? His own bodily death? Unlikely. After all He knows the plan and that He will rise. No. He’s seeing your hurts. He’s seeing your sins. He’s seeing your fears.

He’s seeing the terrorizing temptations that the devil throws in your path—temptations to fear. Temptations to disbelieve. Temptations against trust. Temptations to try to be your own redeemer.

Those penances you’ve done for Lent…they have their place. They’re important. They help you to gain mastery over yourself and your fallen and wounded human nature. They help you to unite your sufferings with His. They help you overcome sin, and anger and bitterness. But don’t fall into the trap of believing they redeem you. They don’t. He did.

Meditate on that. Jesus is your Redeemer. He is your Savior. He paid for your sins in that horrifically agonizing death on Good Friday. And those sins were buried once and for all.

He rose victorious, free of those sins that nearly crushed him in the Garden. They are no more. They’ve been redeemed.

It’s time. As we finish our penances, we move into Holy week, with Him.

So, get to confession. This is the week to come clean…to forgive and receive forgiveness, to journey boldly. To sit with Jesus in the Garden, to accompany Him to the Cross and to wait. To wait for Easter morning. Very early on the third day He rose. Very early.

No matter what you’ve done, no matter who has hurt you, Holy week is the answer. The whole message of this week is that God, through Christ, brings good from the worst things that happen. There is no sin greater than killing God on a cross. And yet in that is our freedom. In that is our redemption. They’re inextricably bound.

Your sins. Your hurts. Your resentments. Let them go. Accept the gift. Be like the Good thief who stole heaven in one simple act of faith.

Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.

And this day, this Holy week, this Easter—you can be with Him in paradise. It’s starts here by believing.

Wishing you a blessed Holy Week and a very happy and joyful Easter.

Allison Ricciardi, LMHC
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