One of the most moving–
in “The Passion of the Christ,”
happens after the scourging of Jesus:
Mary his mother is shown on her knees,
trying to save what she could
of the precious blood of her son.
With her is the woman caught in adultery
(though in this film, she is
inaccurately identified as Mary Magdalene).
In this scene, she remembers
her first encounter with Jesus.
Her mind is confused,
and her heart is broken.
This is the way we mourn someone:
We let the memories rush back,
we make sense of them,
and we try to draw strength from them.
Remembering is an essential part of grieving–
the gathering of memories created of–
and with–the person
who, in this case, will soon be gone.
Holy Saturday is the one day we have
to mourn the death of our Lord Jesus.
Take time out to mourn Jesus
by recalling your fondest memory of him.
Whether it’s personal or vicarious,
“What is one distinct experience of Jesus
when you felt his presence most strongly
or when you knew
he was especially active in your life?
This memory could be from a retreat,
or from an actual event in your life.
Think about this for a moment
and consider sharing the memory below.
Song: “See You Again” (Charlie Puth)