APPROACH // LENT D::42
[ READING :: Matthew 21:23-32 ]
Holy week, the seven days before the feast of Easter, from Palm Sunday morning to Holy Saturday night, is charged with meaning. It is a microcosm of Jesus’ public life seen in bas-relief. All of its components are there—the population at large, the temple priests and their concern for orthodoxy, the prophetic words of Jesus and the political concerns of Roman officials for the social upheavals they feared could come from them, the arrest and isolations of Jesus, and the fears and confusion of His followers. Condensed into the one week, all these elements in the life of Jesus are laid bare for all to see. It is a dark week, a week heavy with the intensity of drama among them.
We see all the forces of evil collude and collide. We watch as Jesus, caught in the grip of religious and political agendas, goes on speaking out, doing good, regardless. No political spin here. Then, in the first part of the week—Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday—we get a glimpse into what will happen as a result. Jesus will die, yes, but not only. There is more than death to come.
—From The Liturgical Year: the spiraling adventure of the spiritual life by Joan Chittister
(These 2 separate paragraphs are found in chapter 20, Holy Week I: Hope to Match Suffering)
? It what ways do you question the authority of Jesus as you usher him to the cross ?