The strangeness of COVID-19 won’t ruini the meaningfulness of Holy Week if you remember three things: the fact of the Passion, Crucifixion and Resurrection; the power of God; and our reason for JOY.
Jesus rose from the dead. He conquered death and sin and in fact, he has conquered the world. The battle already has been won. No COVID-19 pandemic, no canceling of church services and sacraments, can put our Lord back into the grave and keep him there.
Between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday, we have the possibility to spiritually retrace the steps of our Lord.
Many take that as a foreboding, ominous message. I look at it in just the opposite. I see it as a message of great, great joy, in which Jesus is reaching out his hand to me, calling me to him and offering me the astounding chance to ask – and receive – forgiveness for my sins, to fully repent, and to change my ways before it’s too late.
By means of their beliefs, ISIS has made themselves our enemies in that they’d just as soon wipe all Christians off the face of the earth – in violent, painful ways – than allow us to live. Jihad is not a fable from an old comic book; it’s a reality that has been declared by Islamic extremists.
Still, Jesus says to love them and pray for them.