April 1, 2021 – Holy Thursday
Each day during Lent, I am highlighting a Lenten Word (or phrase) of the Day from the readings of the day. I encourage you to reflect on this word or phrase and incorporate it in your prayers today.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his Blood, who has made us into a Kingdom, priests for his God and Father, to him be glory and power forever and ever. (Revelation 1:6)
FREED US FROM OUR SINS: As we begin the Triduum, our focus turns to the Passion and Death of Jesus. It is good to recall and reflect upon why it all happened – the betrayal by his friends, the agony in the garden as he contemplated what was to come, the physical pain he was forced to endure, and the cruel death to which he ultimately succumbed.
The why of these events, and the reason God the Father sent his Son, was to free us from the burden of sin. His sacrifice allowed us to have hope for salvation, hope in our own resurrection. That’s how much he loves us. It is why he told his disciples: No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
Each year during Holy Week, Carol and I re-watch the movie, The Passion of Christ. And each year, we are overwhelmed with emotion as we see the pain and suffering he endured for us.
In your prayer for today, don’t be afraid to sit with that emotion. Embrace the extraordinary love he showed us. Find joy in the hope he has given us. Accept this beautiful gift with sincere humility and gratitude