Last year, I thought things were up in the air. Many of my best-laid plans got set aside. I wish I could say this year was better.
Instead, working full time has taken its toll on me. Is it bad that I am counting down the days until the boys and I travel back to Alaska for a spell? I know that this trip will be longer than the last which means I’ll be leaving my current job.
As much as I love some of my co-workers (okay, 2 ladies in particular) and enjoy getting out of the house, I will not miss being on my feet on the concrete for 6-hour shifts or the pressure to hit a sales goal that seems impossible.
40 Days of Seeking Him 2018: Holy Week
Holy week begins with Palm Sunday and ends with Holy Saturday as the faithful await Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday.
Holy Week: Palm Sunday
This week began on Sunday with Palm Sunday. I did not take a photo at the church we are attending here in Colorado. As it was, we arrived a few minutes late and only got one Palm for the family to share.
At church, we had an extra Gospel reading at the beginning of Mass recounting Christ’s entry into Jerusalem with the crowd cheering him into town. The priest sprinkled Holy Water across the attendees as we held our palms up in remembrance of the day.
But, as the Mass progresses you go from festive to somber with the Passion of Christ from the Gospel of Mark. Some parishes allow the congregation to sit during this long reading. The church we attend here did not.
Reflection from Homily on Palm Sunday
The homily we heard was not focused on the Passion, even though we heard the account as part of the Mass.
Rather, the priest introduced how Constantinople was conquered in 1453 and history forever changed because of ONE gate being left unlocked where the Turkish could enter and take control after a long siege.
From this story, the priest challenged everyone to consider the question, “Who will you let in?”
We may not be a city like Constantinople under an attack we can see. However, we ARE under attack and the enemy (Satan and his minions) are looking for a way into our hearts.
Temptation comes in many forms. Yet, the enemy tends to be forceful in approach.
Christ comes into our lives softly, knocking at the door of our hearts waiting for us to let Him in.
Holy Week: Holy Thursday
I have this day off from work this week and am hopeful that I can make it to Mass that evening. After weeks of feeling more disconnected from the spiritual life, I really want this to happen.
Even though Passover does not begin until Friday, I am considering integrating aspects of it into our family’s dinner that night.
Holy Week: Good Friday
Sadly, I am working the evening shift. If I am lucky, I can carve out some quiet time for Stations of the Cross at home earlier in the day.
Holy Week: Holy Saturday
This is a day where many do their final preparations for Easter Sunday. Maybe they are cleaning the house in anticipation of guests. Or, some bring their Easter food to be blessed at church.
At many parishes, the cross and statues are veiled.
Regardless of what is done, this is a transition day between a final time of walking through Christ’s crucifixion on Good Friday and the joyous celebration of His Resurrection on Easter.
What are you doing for Holy Week this year?
FREE Resources for Lent & Easter
If you have been reading the blog for a while, then you might recall that this link up started in 2011 as a daily one. I didn’t always participate in the link up, but have made an effort to do it as often as possible. We switched to a weekly link up format which means at least one anchor post per week here.
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40 Days of Seeking Him Holy Week Link Up
The linky will be up each week so you can add in posts daily, weekly, or whenever you are able.
The posts can be about anything related to Lent and preparations for Easter. This includes crafts, food, devotions, music or reflections.
I hope that my readers will join us on the journey through Lent as we seek to grow closer to Christ. Christian bloggers are welcome to join us in the weekly link up with posts that they are writing to showcase activities or reflections taken during this Lenten journey.
We are expanding the platform for this meme to include a 40 Days of Seeking Him Pinterest board for submitted posts and a Facebook group. I hope that you’ll check out the Pinterest board and join us on Facebook, too, as we seek to grow closer to Christ.