‘Love changes everything: how you live and how you die’
‘Holy Week’ starts on 25 March – the week in which we remember the suffering and death of Jesus and on Easter Sunday his Resurrection. He died because of sin. Oscar Romero once said, ‘sin brought death to the Son of God and continues to bring death to the children of God’. There is much suffering in the world today even perhaps in our own lives.
Jesus suffered at many levels; he dared to love and so was open to being hurt, his friends let him down, he was even betrayed by one of them (Judas), he had no-one to share his agony with, he was arrested and tried for something he had not done, he was falsely accused and lied about, he endure insults, blows, the whip, the crown of thorns and finally was condemned to death as a common criminal.
Yet out of the bleakness and horror of Good Friday came the joy of Easter when Jesus rose and was seen and spoke with his friends.
‘Don’t cry for me,’ says Jesus. Cry for yourselves and your children – children who will inherit fears, prejudices and hates.’
Let us not then weep for Jesus.
Rather let us follow the example of Peter, who wept for his own sins.
Then perhaps we will be able to forgive others who sin against us.