Tonight marks the beginning of the holiest three days of the Church year, and, essentially, the holiest three days of our own walk with Jesus. This is what we have been preparing, sacrificing, and waiting in anticipation for. It is a time of utmost irony, as it is because of my sins and your sins that our Savior must die. My kiddos came to this realization again yesterday - in an incredible conversation about suffering. To see their eyes when they learned, once again, that the reason Jesus had to die is because we choose to turn away from him, and the consequence for these little (and big) betrayals really should be our own death. But, as the Exultet says,
What good would life have been to us,
had Christ not come as our Redeemer?
Father, how wonderful your care for us!
How boundless your merciful love!
To ransom a slave you gave away your Son.
O happy fault,
O necessary sin of Adam,
which gained for us so great a Redeemer!
We walk with Jesus in this Triduum of His agony, suffering, death, and then, the purpose of it all: His Resurrection. Good Friday must come before Easter Sunday.
When I asked my third graders "why does God allow suffering?" they came up with some incredible answers. They said it was because Adam and Eve chose to turn away from God. They said it is because we have free will and sometimes our own choices cause us suffering. And the most important reason we came to was because we are called to be like Jesus. Jesus suffered. He died. And then He rose. And we are called to do the same...