Well, here we are. We just welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem, with cheers and palms in celebration and excitement. How incredible, that in just five days, the people’s attitudes changed so drastically.
Holy Week…Let’s really take this week seriously. Don’t let it pass you by. If you can’t make it to daily Mass, read the Gospel each day. Enter into Jesus’ Passion with Him.
We are all probably familiar with today’s responsorial psalm: “The Lord is my light and my salvation.” When I was little, and we sang this at Mass, I always thought it was “The Lord is my light and my salvation, a-voom should I be afraid? A-voom should I be afraid.” But that is neither here nor there. As I was reading this psalm this week, and heard it every Friday for the past several weeks (the 9th Station, Jesus falls a third time), I always wonder at this verse:
“Though an army encamp against me, my heart will not fear;
Though war be waged upon me, even then will I trust.”
Would I?? Would I trust then? Would my heart not fear? Of course, I hope my answer is yes. I pray every day for the grace to follow the Lord and, as we heard JP2 say so often, to “be not afraid.”
And then if we look back at the first reading today from Isaiah, the Lord says:
“I, the Lord, have called you for the victory of justice,
I have grasped you by the hand…”
It is so easy to get caught up in the day to day difficulties and struggles, and to forget that the Lord takes care of us. That He has called us. He has called me. He has called you. And who better to trust than Him? The Creator of the Universe. The Lover of my Soul. “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (Exodus 14:14)
The psalm goes on to tell us: “Wait for the Lord with courage; be stouthearted, and wait for the Lord.” And that’s what this week is about, isn’t it? Waiting. So let’s pray for the gift of patience this week. To be able to wait for the Lord, trusting that He will show up. And to be able to say, “even if this happens (no matter what this may be)…even then will I trust.”
-Katie DiFato is the Pastoral Assistant at Blessed Sacrament Church in Savannah, GA. She would like to clarify something she stated in one of her previous “About Me” sections… though she does not like sand gnats one bit, Katie does very much enjoy going to Sand Gnats baseball games. Big difference! Don’t ask her the score though if you see her the next day. She doesn’t necessarily pay much attention to the actual game… She’s there more for the beautiful weather and wonderful friends!