Reflections on Holy Week
by Brunhilde Luken
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
Last week we observed Palm Sunday, the beginning of the most important week of the year as we journey with our Lord to the cross.
What greater love is there than the love our Lord showed us by sending His Son to us. There is no greater love than the love Jesus gave to us by dying on the cross for us. He was fully human and fully God. What pain He must have felt when He approached His final days on earth.
I shuddered this morning after mass when I heard the pounding of a hammer, imitating the pounding of the nails into the hands and feet of our Lord. Unaware for a moment of the people around me, I felt the pain and my tears wanted to come. What pain did I cause the Lord to have by my inadequacies? He freely carried the cross and freely died for each one of us. He forgave us all of our sins.
The most beautiful words in scripture are: 1 John 4:9-11″In this the love of God was manifested towards us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins, Beloved, If God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
What a gift, yet the world is in so much darkness and will not accept this gift, so freely given to us. 1 John 3:16-17 “By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?”
Christ suffered and died for us and by His love He set us free. Matthew 10:16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the mids of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.”
Jesus is surely the greatest companion anyone can have and He loves you and me. I know I need Jesus in my life. You know He loves you. What greater love is there, than the love of Jesus. If you call Him into your life, He is always with you. He will guide you in all things.
When you surrender your life to Jesus He will bring victory to your life.
Romans 8:28-30 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God to those who are called acording to His purpose. For whom He foreknew . He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that he might be firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.”
As I watched Bill O’Reilly’s movie, “Killing Jesus”, this evening, I was astounded and pleased how often the humanity of Jesus came through. When Jesus felt anger or discontent with those He encountered He took time-outs to speak to the Father. This put Him in the right state of mind.
I have a friend with ALS who understandably gets also upset with her life in this unexpected state. When she first became ill I saw an advertisement on a Christian channel about a speaker to come who is also aflicted with ALS. I made a point to watch this program to see if there was anything I could learn to be of help to my friend. Besides many helpful hints how he manages life now, the one thing that he talked about was how every time his sicknes becomes too hard to bear, he took five minutes to speak to the Lord. He spoke about how he had to take many time-outs with the Lord troughout the day. I thought what a wonderful way to carry his cross. This is a helpful way for all of us if we can take a deep breath and take five minutes with the Lord as we go through our struggles in life.
As we journey towards Maundy Thursday and Good Friday it is good to be with the Lord.
Our life has a purpose. Because Jesus took on our sins and died for us, we can safely and happily journey through life. We are able to tell all our friends about our journey, because we are on a journey with the most wonderful destination. We can’t come back and talk about our destination, but we certainly can talk about our journey and our wonderful destination that is promised to us who surrender our life to Jesus. He will take us on our journey and what an exciting journey it is.
What a wonderful friend we share in Jesus, the greatest travel companion on our journey all the way to our destination. Then we are also able to enjoy eternity with all those who journeyed with us now and before us in the company of Jesus and all the Heavenly Host.
All Glory to you Lord Jesus Christ now and for all eternity.
Love to all of you on your Journey and have a wonderful Easter.
Your friend Brunhilde