As we enter into Holy Week, we are invited to breathe in the sacred rhythms of Jesus’ journey – from death to burial to resurrection life, the ultimate demonstration of unconditional love and grace. Through his brutal death on the cross, Jesus bears the weight of our sins. In his burial, he descended into the depths of darkness, carrying our burdens and sorrows. In his glorious resurrection, he continues to conquer death, gifting us with the promise of new life and eternal hope.

On this holiest of weeks, I invite you to take a few moments to breathe in the significance of this journey, prayerfully considering how Jesus’ rhythm of death, burial, and resurrection invites us to experience transformation in our own lives. What burdens do we carry that need to be released? What fears and doubts hold us back from experiencing the fullness of life in Christ? What old patterns of thinking and behavior need to die so that we can experience true freedom in Jesus?

Perhaps we are called to embrace the rhythm of death by letting go of past hurts and grievances, forgiving those who have wronged us, and releasing bitterness and resentment from our hearts. In the burial, we may find ourselves surrendering our worries and anxieties, trusting in God’s grace to sustain us through life’s challenges. And in the resurrection, we are invited to rise with Christ to the newness of life, embracing our identity as beloved children of God and living with purpose and holy passion.

Rather than rushing through the week, or simply going through the motions, may we immerse ourselves fully in the mystery of Christ’s death and resurrection, allowing God’s love and grace to transform us from the inside out. To help prepare our hearts and minds for this journey, I offer this spiritual breathing practice for Holy Week:

Breathing in Holy Week Spiritual Practice

Inhale deeply, breathing in the reality of Jesus’ death on the cross. Feel the weight of his sacrifice, the depth of God’s love, and the glory of Christ’s redemption. As you breathe slowly, consider the questions: What burdens do I carry that need to be placed at the foot of the cross? What regrets or shortcomings can I release in order to experience the freedom and forgiveness that Jesus offers?

Holding your breath for a moment, feel the solemnity of Jesus’ burial. In the silence of the tomb, we encounter the mystery of God’s grace and the promise of new life. As you reflect on Jesus’ descent into darkness, consider what fears and doubts hold you back from experiencing the fullness of resurrection life. What old habits, patterns, and attitudes need to be laid to rest so that you can rise with Christ to the newness of life?

Exhale slowly, breathing out the promise of Jesus’ resurrection. In the light of the empty tomb, we find hope, joy, and the assurance of God’s victory over death. As we celebrate the resurrection, envision the possibilities of new life and growth in your life. What hopes, aspirations, and passions are waiting to be resurrected within you? What opportunities for transformation and renewal are being offered to you in this sacred season?

As we continue to breathe in the rhythms of Holy Week, may we embrace the mystery and majesty of Jesus’ journey. Let us exhale, releasing the old and embracing the newness of life that Jesus offers us. May we emerge from this sacred journey renewed, refreshed, and ready to live as witnesses of Christ’s resurrection life in the world. Amen.

Deacon Marsha Roscoe

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