We have to give ourselves permission to be weak enough to enter into Holy Week. Stop pretending that you can hold everything together. No one is telling you that you have to be strong. Instead, you need to be real. You do not need to put on a special face to others to show you are a Christian. Stop perpetuating illusions about the way others tell you to be.
This week is about your relationship with Jesus Christ and what he needs most is for you to be a real person – just as you are – even if you are weak, vulnerable, filled with chaos, and bombarded by a variety of conflicting emotions. If this is who you are, then this is the ‘you’ Jesus wants to meet on this journey to the cross …
… Holy Week is about giving ourselves over to Jesus so that his death can mean something for us. He tries year after year for us to let go of the rigid ways we try to control events and behaviors. These are illusions. Let go of those reigns so you can develop a deepening trust in Jesus. He beckons us year and after to get more real and to rely upon him. For the moment, he goes to his death for your sake – for you alone – because he wants to liberate you for real joy. He wants to give you a new life, but you must learn to accept his offer. He is ready to suffer for us again and we cannot be so stubborn. We have to learn we are powerless in the face of so many events. When accept our powerlessness, we allow Christ’s mercy to increase. It is time for us to let his death make meaning of our chaos. Give him all our brokenness, frustrations, and anger. Now is the time of our liberation.
— John Predmore, SJ (excerpt from predmore.blogspot.com)
is a word that tempts us to think outwardly, to run bravely against opposing fire, to do something under besieging circumstance, and perhaps, above all, to be seen to do it in public, to show courage; to be celebrated in story, rewarded with medals, given the accolade, but a look at its linguistic origins leads us in a more interior direction and toward its original template, the old Norman French, Coeur, or heart.
Courage is the measure of our heartfelt participation with life, with another, with a community, a work, a future. To be courageous, is not necessarily to go anywhere or do anything except to make conscious those things we already feel deeply and then to live through the unending vulnerabilities of those consequences. To be courageous is to seat our feelings deeply in the body and in the world: to live up to and into the necessities of relationships that often already exist, with things we find we already care deeply about: with a person, a future, a possibility in society, or with an unknown that begs us on and always has begged us on. Whether we stay or whether we go – to be courageous is to stay close to the way we are made.
— David Whyte from Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words
― Dan Pearce from Single Dad Laughing