That’s probably the most difficult line to overcome as we face into Holy Week 2011. We live in an age of tweeting, instant messages, Facebook, Sky News and so much more that brings freshness to story and thought. The most heart-wrenching story quickly becomes yesterday’s news as a new headline takes over.
How then can we not be numbed to the events we celebrate in our Christian tradition this week? Can we make it fresh? Is there a sound byte we can use? Can we go through Holy Thursday, hear again the “long Gospel” of Good Friday, light countless candles from the Paschal Candle on Holy Saturday, get up with cockcrow for Easter Sunday Mass and pretend we’ve not done this countless times before? No! Absolutely not.
There’s nothing new to hear this week. We have indeed heard it all before. Is there a sound byte? Maybe there is, maybe there isn’t – “This day you will be with me in Paradise” ….. “Father forgive them, they know not what they do” …. “Weep not for me” …. Yes, we’ve heard it all before but, and maybe this is the sound byte, “WE NEED TO HEAR IT AGAIN”.
The world needs us to hear it again …..