What I Love About Holy Week
Written By: Robert Batch
Holy Week for teachers is the exit sign for spring break. For parents, it's the reality check that kids will be home for a week with nothing to do besides playing video games, and asking to be driven around everywhere and anywhere. For Catholics, it is the pinnacle, and most anticipated point of the liturgical year. There are a few reasons why I love entering into this week in particular.
Waiting in Anticipation: Yes, we all know it, waiting is hard. Lent is hard. However we know that waiting for something will eventually end in receiving. Holy Week is the reception of a great love story that invades our hearts, and enters into the depths of our soul. It stretches between the two extremes of life and death. The waiting culminates and transforms into deep love, and deep worship.
Intential Worship: Coming from Franciscan University, one of my favorite parts of the Liturgy (besides receiving the Eucharist) is singing the Gloria. After not having the opportunity to sing the Gloria during Lent and then having the opportunity to give praise and Glory to the Lord for what he has done and continues to do is another transformative aspect about Holy Week and the graces that come with it. No matter if you are a praise and worship fanatic or not we all can find joy in giving glory to God in the highest.
Mercy, Mercy, & Love!: It is through the dryness of Lent, the depths of Holy Week, and the glory of the resurrection that we are able to truly enter into the mercy and love of the Lord. Allowing him to become intimate with us in our lives, bringing light into the darkness, and transforming our hearts of stone into hearts of flesh. Let us intentionally enter into this week knowing that we will glory and praise to God, and that he will without fail pour out his love and mercy.
As Matt Maher puts it in his famous hit single "Your Grace is Enough"
Great is your faithfulness oh God of Jacob
You wrestle with the sinner's wrestless heart
You lead us by still waters into mercy
When nothing can keep us apart
About The Author
Robert Batch holds a degree in Communications with a Minor in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is currently pursuing a M.A. in Theology online through Franciscan. He has a passion for speaking, lecturing, and teaching about the faith. He currently resides in Southern California with his wife Amanda