The Sacred Triduum of Holy Week is a journey from darkness to light. That journey of Jesus from the Last Supper to the empty tomb on Easter Sunday is our journey as well. How are we to understand this journey for ourselves? How do we live in that journey, through it, and move out of the darkness into the hope and joy of Easter?
Part of the answer lies in how God is already working and present in our darkness, be it the loss of a loved one, a life threatening physical condition, the breakup of a marriage, or a struggle within my religious community. As I am able to name and reframe my experience of darkness through prayer, insight and sharing, a bit of light begins to shine through. While it may be walking by moonlight rather than full daylight, I am able to begin living with an awakened hope.
By the celebration of Easter, with Jesus’ conquering of death, we are able to quicken our faith and come into more of the light. From the side of the resurrection, it becomes clear that the darkness and even the moonlight were necessary steps toward an inner freedom — call it resurrection — not only as the fulfillment of Jesus’ journey, but of ours as well.
Father Nicholas is a regular presenter of retreats and days of recollection here at Bon Secours. He is the author of three books on spirituality — all available in our bookstore and on Amazon. He serves as Staff Pastor at Church of the Nativity in Timonium, Maryland.