Life, Marriage and Family Matters: From tragedy to triumph - seeking solace in the celebration of Holy Week and Easter

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Life, Marriage and Family Matters: From tragedy to triumph - seeking solace in the celebration of Holy Week and Easter

By Ben Smith, Director of the Office of Life, Marriage and Family for the Archdiocese of Hobart.

Life as we know it has completely changed in a very short period of time. The Government lockdown has forced us to live a cocooned existence at home. Our anxieties have increased as we worry about the future. This major disruption has the potential to bring families closer together, to make us more aware of the needs of others in our community but most importantly our need to make time for God in our daily life. Alternatively, the current crisis also has the potential to significantly test our faith and relationships especially if our families are touched by unemployment, business failure, serious sickness or even death.

As we enter into Holy Week and the Easter season, we have the opportunity to place ourselves in Jerusalem in 33 AD to gain a different perspective. On Palm Sunday, Jesus rode into Jerusalem like a triumphant king to the shouts of Hosanna – a few days later he was crucified like a slave wearing a crown of thorns. One of his friends betrayed him and most of his friends abandoned him after his arrest. It was only Mary, his mother, and a few loyal friends who stood by his side as he suffered in his final hours.

On Easter Sunday, tragedy turned to triumph, sadness was transformed into joy, and cowards gained some courage and hope as the unthinkable became a reality even for doubters such as St Thomas. Pentecost completed this transformation as the gifts of the Holy Spirit gave birth to the Church.

It is understandable that doubts and fears may arise in our hearts and minds about the unconditional love of God for us as current events unfold. As Christians we need to draw deep from the living water of Christ to keep an Easter perspective.

Now that the liturgies of Holy Week and Easter will be streamed over the internet, families have a great opportunity to experience them in a new way at home. These viewing experiences can be complemented by activities such as having a quiet time for prayer on Holy Thursday night, celebrating the Stations of the Cross around your home and doing something special to celebrate Easter Sunday as a family. Don’t miss out on the opportunity of helping your family experience the joy of Easter during this time of crisis.