Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI
Reflection for March 28, 2021

Reflection for March 28, 2021

To be steeped in Holy Week

Our 'Hosanna' turns to 'Crucify him' and still Jesus gives us  His life

by Sister Lynne Marie Simonich

On this Palm Sunday weekend we hear the Passion of Jesus Christ according to Mark. The disciples gather with Jesus to share in the Passover meal. They receive a gift they never imagined when Jesus breaks bread (“Take it; this is my body”) and blesses wine ("This is my blood"). They travel with Jesus to Gethsemane and see him led away like a common criminal. They desert Jesus as he faces Pilate and is condemned to death as the crowd shouts “Crucify him”. A crown of thorns is placed on his head as the soldiers shout, “Hail, King of the Jews!” Simon of Cyrene carries the cross that Jesus is too weak to carry to Golgotha. Even after Jesus is crucified and left to die, he is mocked. Jesus cries out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me!” and breathes his last breath. It is finished.

As you listen to the proclamation of the Passion place yourself at the Last Supper, in the Garden of Gethsemane, in Pilate’s chambers, in the crowd, on the journey to Golgotha, at the foot of the cross.

What do you see?
What do you hear?
What do you feel?

As we begin Holy Week, the most solemn week of the Church year, may we let our hearts and souls share in Jesus’ final days on earth.


Sally Ann
03/26/2021 2:39 pm

Mark really helps us SEE, HEAR, and FEEL with all the details he gives. Thank you for the invitation to be steeped in the Paschal Mystery once again, this time experiencing it as if for the first time.

03/26/2021 2:40 pm

In the context of the ongoing Passion of the Body of Christ, I see the deepening wounds of racial, religious, and cultural hatred, ignorance and violence. I hear the sorrowful cries of those who feel that pain evermore personally. I feel the need to educate, in words and actions -- with conscience and conviction, with courage and compassion, and with a fervor for all that is true, all that is good, and all that is holy.

I see the need for heightened awareness, for a raising up of both consciousness and voices on behalf of the far too many and growing numbers of refugee families living in long term camps -- homes, schools, parks and playgrounds, businesses, medical facilities destroyed by war and violence -- rationing food and water, for another day of survival. I see those walking, walking, walking to escape disasters, oppressive systems, 'forever' poverty, and violence, so many of them children and youth. I see rain forests being disregarded and destroyed along with the ways and wisdom of the indigenous peoples who honor and revere them as the "life" that they truly are.

I hear and feel the stir from within ...... to join in solidarity with the suffering, and to offer what I can for their consolation, encouragement, relief, and hope.

I see those who act on behalf of others; I hear those whose voices are raised on behalf of others; and I feel deep gratitude for them, knowing their conscience, conviction, courage, compassion, and fervor are lighting the way for what I, too, must become.

Claire Letourneaux
03/26/2021 3:08 pm

As I read this message I couldn’t help but think that the Gifts Jesus gave us at the Last Supper are greater than the Gift at Christmas. Thank you for spurring my thoughts that way.

Wishes for a blessed Holy Week journey.

03/26/2021 3:49 pm

Every year when the Passion is read I wonder what I would do as they lead Jesus away and crucify him. Would I hide in fear or would I follow to see what will happen? Will I deny Him too? In the world we live in today it's not unusual that we may have to make similar choices.

Lois Trad
03/26/2021 7:40 pm

The three questions for reflection: excellent for making the passion of Jesus very personal and meaningful. Thank You. Have a blessed Holy Week!

Fr. Bill Jacobs
03/28/2021 6:23 pm

I loved your questions at the end of your comments! How did I feel? I felt like I was there. How powerful!

Bless you for sharing..

Happy Easter to you & yours, Sister!

03/30/2021 9:37 am

Thanks for your reflection, so appropriate for Holy Week. Good to reflect on what we see, hear, feel during these Holy days.

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