From The Hand of Fr. Aaron Ferris…March 18, 2018

This Sunday begins Passiontide. Though we have been engaging with Jesus in His suffering throughout Lent, we now turn our attention more directly to the approaching events of Holy Week. We do this in imitation of and union with Jesus.

Remember a couple weeks ago I wrote about how the Church year has this elastic sense of time. Some seasons of our calendar encompass vast swaths of time (Advent covers everything from creation to the coming of Christ) while others have us diligently walk step by step through the events as they happened (Holy Week). Passiontide begins to focus our attention so we can walk more deliberately in the footsteps of Jesus.

The Gospel of Luke tells us that Jesus Himself turned his focus to what was to come: “When the days for his being taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem.” (Luke 9:51) Another translation of this would be to say that Jesus set his face to Jerusalem. It evokes this image of Jesus turning, looking, seeing His goal, and purposefully pursuing it.

This ought to lend a different tenor to the approach of Holy Week. It didn’t just happen to Jesus; He knew what was coming and He turned into it. He sought it out. As we walk with Jesus, we are invited to do the same thing, to turn our faces to what is coming, and to walk purposefully into it.

The approach of Holy Week ought to capture our imagination. Jesus walked with intensity and dedication to Jerusalem. Do we approach Holy Week with the same intensity or dedication? Though he encountered many people along the way, nothing changed His course. Our days are filled with many things (work, school, family, etc.); are we making sure that nothing is getting in the way of our focus on what is to come? Are we turning our face in order to resolutely journey to Jerusalem with Jesus?

Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron R. Ferris Ordination Date: June 6, 2009 Pastor, St. Anthony Parish (Saranac) and St. Mary’s Parish (Lowell) 402 Amity Street Lowell, MI 49331 Phone: 616-897-9820
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