Our journey through Holy Week will be rich in blessings. This year we are able to gather in prayer, and many will join us online. It's been a tough year for so many near and far. We keep each other wrapped in prayer as we journey to meet the Risen Lord.
In the Church's liturgy even in a year when it is scaled down, we are offered so much. Our Lenten days have seen us take on prayer, fasting and almsgiving. I invite us to think about the joy of the resurrection in the context of the events leading up to the crucifixion of the Lord.
In the days to come we will witness so much. On Good Friday we recall the arrest of Jesus, Peter's betrayal, the trials before Pilate and Herod, the baying crowd demanding death, the scourging and crucifixion. These awful events depict the darkest aspects of human nature and which are appropriately expressed in sombre reflection and meditative music. Next Sunday will be so special it's a complete contrast centring on a garden tomb, a stone rolled away and the presence of angels impelling us to declare with organ and trumpets: "Thine be the Glory, risen, conquering Son endless is the victory thou o'er death has won."
May the Lord Rise again in your life and in the lives of those you know and love. The sacrament of Confession will be available every day during Holy Week. Going to Confession is one of the most important things we do in our spiritual lives.
God bless your Soul. And God bless your journey to the Father's Kingdom.