Brothers and sisters: I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you
Dearest people of God in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ
There is a consistent quality in what happens over these three days of the Pascal Triduum. It is the quality of â€œup.â€ Consider these few short excerpts from the Gospels:
Jesus tells His disciples: “We’re goingÂ upÂ to Jerusalem. There the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and scribes. They will condemn him to death.â€Matthew 20:18
he sent two of his disciples and said to them, â€œGo into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him, and wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, â€˜The Teacher says, Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?â€™ And he will show you a largeÂ upperÂ room furnished and ready; there prepare for us.â€Mark 14:13-15
And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to theÂ Mount of Olives.Mark 14:26
And when they came to the place that is calledÂ The Skull, there they crucified himLuke 23:33
Up to Jerusalem, in the upper room, up on the Mount of Olives, up to Golgotha, the place of The Skull. Jesus travels ever upward.
Each of these references have to do with going to a higher place, to going up. This is, my brothers and sisters, why Jesus embarked on this journey in fulfillment of His Fatherâ€™s will.
His journey was and remains so that we may be lifted up to God.
It is so we might spread the word to humanity, held down in sin and despair â€“ that Jesus, the Son of God died for you so you might be lifted up. Accept Him.
This is why, on this very night, Jesus instituted the Holy Eucharist and the Holy Priesthood. He did this so we might remain in His constant presence, sins forgiven, partakers in His very Body and Blood, in every Holy Mass lifted up to heaven till He brings everything to completion.
This is why, the final step in His journey was to be raised up â€“ raised so that we may rejoice in both the forgiveness of our sins and the fact that the gates of heaven and resurrection have been opened up to us.
We have received what has been passed onto us. Let us then, on this night and throughout this Triduum, keep our eyes fixed upward, to the cross and to the promise of heaven opened up for us. Amen.