March 30: It is Finished

Updated: Apr 1, 2021

Tuesday of Holy Week

March 30, 2021

The fifth and final sorrowful mystery of the rosary is the Crucifixion.

We see, in this mystery, the culmination of the Passion of Christ. All that we have encountered over the last 5 weeks – the Agony in the Garden, the Scourging at the Pillar, the Crowning with Thorns, the Carrying of the Cross – ends with this, the death of Jesus on the day we call Good Friday.

As we enter into Holy Week, there is a part of me that wants to skip ahead to Sunday. I find myself tired, ready to go back to a “normal” life where I am not beholden to Lenten promises that I fail to keep. The joy of Easter is, frankly, a much more attractive prospect than the sorrow of Holy Week.

I remember, then, a quote by the Irish Catholic poet Padraig O Tuama, who said, “it is wise not to rush hope. It is wise not to end a story before it is ended.”

There is no fast-forwarding the story of salvation. I encourage you to set some time aside this week to read and meditate on the full account of the Crucifixion in the Gospel of John 19:17-30. Let us move through the coming days without urgency. Let us do what we can to understand the sorrow of Jesus’ death so that when hope arrives, it is in the fullness of the glory of Christ.

And may we remember when we pray the rosary, that what Jesus said to John he says to all of us: “Behold, your mother.”

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

These reflections are meant to challenge us on our journey through Lent. Please feel free to share your thoughts and comments with us.

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