“Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” — Philippians 2:7-8
Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, one of the most significant moments of the Church year. During this week, we journey with Christ from his triumphant entry into Jerusalem to his final meal with his closest friends and ultimately to his death on the cross.
As we walk with Jesus through Holy Week, we call to mind the countless men, women and children who even today carry heavy crosses: crosses of hunger, of homelessness, of a lack of resources or security. In these brothers and sisters we encounter Christ, Christ who continues to walk that long road to Calvary.
This final week of Lent is a time, too, to reflect on those words of St. Paul to the Philippians. Jesus emptied himself for us; how might we empty ourselves for others? Our Lenten prayers, fasting and almsgiving have prepared us to wrestle with this question.
We must always remember that Holy Week gives way to Easter; the fast turns into a feast. God wins the day. As we prepare to celebrate Easter joy, it is our responsibility as members of God’s one human family to share that joy with everyone, near and far.
Watch the video below. Thomas Awiapo gives a glimpse of how our Lenten fasting can turn into Easter joy for those most in need around the world.
Go deeper this Holy Week.
- Stations of the Cross: Journey with Jesus to Calvary with these Catholic social teaching inspired Stations of the Cross.
Watch the rest of our Stations of the Cross Digital Retreats here.
- Seven Sorrows of Mary: Contemplate the role Jesus’ mother, Mary, played throughout his life with these Seven Sorrows of Mary.
- Prayer Services to End Lent: Conclude the 40 days with prayer services for parishes and for classrooms.
- CRS Rice Bowl App: Download the CRS Rice Bowl app to accompany your Holy Week journey here.
As we prepare during Holy Week to enter the Easter season, it’s important not to forget that final pillar of Lenten spirituality: almsgiving. Read why it’s important.