What Holy Week Means

Jesus fallsThis is Holy Week. Why is this week “holy”? This is perhaps the most sacred week in the church calendar and yet it seems that I just sort of fit it in to my regular, normal week. In the Encarta English dictionary, holy is an adjective defined as:

  • relating to, belonging to, or coming from a divine being;
  • devoted to the service of God;
  • of a devoutly religious character;
  • dedicated for religious purposes;
  • of a unique character, evoking reverence.

How might I make this week truly “holy” in my life? Good question.

Holy Week, beginning with yesterday, Palm Sunday, is the time to remember Jesus’ journey from his triumphant entry into Jerusalem to his last meal, trial, crucifixion, death and resurrection. What does that mean to me? Good question.

My attention span is not unlike that of the disciples, who when asked to stay awake with Jesus were unable to do so. (Mark 14:32-42) How can I focus my attention on Jesus’ journey to the cross this week? Good question.

So I begin this week – this holy week – with good intentions to wrestle with these questions and turn my attention to them again and again. I’m a visual person and images can be much more effective to help focus my thoughts than words so I plan to visit some images of the “Stations of the Cross.” This is a faith journey practiced by some that follows Jesus’ trial and actual journey to the cross. The image above is one image from the Stations of the Cross.  Here’s a link to view all of them on a hillside in San Luis, CO.

May your week be holy: may you find moments of time to be devoted to the service of God; may you wrestle with the questions of faith; may it have a religious aspect; and may you find reverence,


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