Praying Holy Week: Voices of the Passion
This year, the account of Jesus’ arrest, trial and Passion, read in full on Palm Sunday, comes from St Matthew’s Gospel.
In many ways the story is so very familiar and yet, somehow, there is always something new to discover: something which perhaps we have not ‘heard’ before.
In concentrating on the main events, and especially on Jesus himself, we may not have listened to the voices of other characters who play roles of varying importance in the narrative.
Throughout this Holy Week, we shall be focusing on their voices, and relying on them to sustain and feed our prayer.
We do not need long passages from Scripture if we pray with openness, generosity and courage—just as St Ignatius encourages us to do. Indeed, it is a good idea to return several times to a phrase or a scene where we have felt supported, or have received insights.
So, if possible, every day this week I will choose to spend some time listening to these different voices as the Passion narrative unfolds. This year, I make this my way of accompanying Jesus on his journey to the Cross where he suffers for me.
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