Are you ready for Holy Week? Facing Palm Sunday with dread and joyful anticipation
In a crazy world, a holy time like Lent can zip by like the rest of the year. Author Alex Basile ponders if he is ready for the most sacred time in the Liturgical Year.
Each year I arrive at the doorstep of Palm Sunday with the same old feeling. I ask myself if this Lenten season was as productive as I had hoped it would be.
For teachers, March is a long, hectic month. Add playing in an Irish band and things go from bad to worse. I evaluate my spiritual life and realize I could have done more to shake the mediocrity off of my weary soul.
I stand in front of students everyday and preach about conversion. When I stare in the mirror, I contemplate if the man looking back at me has actually carried out any of the promises made on Ash Wednesday.
"This Lent went way to quickly," I mutter. "Sure, I rattled off a few extra prayers here and there," I rationalize. But did I actually change? Do the people in my life know how much I love them? Are there lonely individuals who need my care and attention? I have some difficult questions to answer.
The penultimate week of Lent presents us with time to pause and reflect before the culmination of Holy Week.
Can I be more like the One who gives me everything? Can I walk in his shoes next week and adopt his attitude for tomorrow and possibly for the rest of my life?
As we partake in the mystery of Holy Week, we should ask ourselves the hard questions and be honest with our responses. Use this Palm Sunday and the holiest week of the year to praise the King with all your might.
There will be moments when we, like the apostles, will be tempted to scatter and abandon Him because he demands too much from us. Run to Jesus and stay by His side. It is not too late to initiate real change!
Author Alex Basile serves at the Religion Department Chair at Kellenberg Memorial High School in Uniondale, NY. He has published nine books with Saint Pauls/Alba House. www.alexbasile.net
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