Part of the Mary Moment Monday series
This year, Holy Week feels different than it has in the past. Maybe I’m paying better attention. Maybe it’s been the kind of year where I’m in the right kind of state of mind. Maybe I’m cooperating with some sort of grace.
On Saturday morning, I went and picked up a few things for Easter baskets, and being in our local Catholic bookstore gave me many other things to think about. I didn’t have the kids with me, so I could meander and read book covers, examine the statues, think about all sorts of gift ideas.
My five-year-old daughter has been asking since Sunday morning when we will get our feet washed, and so I’m already reflecting on Holy Thursday. I share some of my thoughts in this week’s “Mary in the Kitchen” on the Catholic Foodie show.
On the one hand, Easter morning. On the other, Holy Thursday. What comes next is Good Friday, and Mary at the foot of the cross. It’s an image I’ve held close in my heart all year.
Did she know, on Monday of the first Holy Week, what was coming? Did she have a sinking feeling, even as she had a certainty that salvation was ahead? Which of the Psalms did she embrace
Silence helps me reach out to Holy Week, embrace the beauty and the difficulty, see what’s ahead beyond the pain. The Anchoress made me think about the need to cultivate silence this week. It’s a way to be closer to Mary, I think, which brings us closer to Jesus.
There’s no reason to think that Mary wasn’t silent during Holy Week. On the other hand, I think she probably said quite a bit to God. As the women in her life held her hand and kept her company, she must have been reaching out, in the silence of her heart, to her Father, her Spouse, her Maker.
I want to do that this week. I want to be like Mary. I want to be strong enough to hold Jesus at His most painful moment.
I can only do that, though, with His help.
As you pose the question “Did she know, on Monday of the first Holy Week, what was coming?” I immediately had an image of Mary from a video come to my mind. The scenes at the 3:20 mark in the following video are striking and humbling and heartbreaking to me all at the same time not only relating to the events of Good Friday in general, but specifically in relating to Mary. I hope you enjoy the video as a whole as much as I have. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lbx8ua1B1p4.
Hugs to you, my dear. Thank goodness for the Incarnation … what a relief to know that God totally and fully understands our pain, even when it seems too hard to bear.