|We hailed you on Palm Sunday, O Lord, and then screamed|
"Crucify him!" five days later. Forgive us, O Lord,
and grant us your salvation.
He suffered His agony in the garden for MY sins. He underwent the cruel trial for MY sins. He fell under the weight of the cross for MY sins. It was MY sins that were reflected in the mocking, the scourging, and the crowning with thorns. It was MY sins that hammered the nails into His hands and feet and drove the spear into His side. Father, forgive me; I didn't know what I was doing.
Like Amazing Grace says, I once was lost, but now am found. Why? Because He saved a wretch like Me. Help me, Lord, this Holy Week, to come face to face with all my past sins. I deserve eternal damnation, but by Your stripes I'm healed. I repent of all my sins and ask that you help me to never sin against you again. My sins make me want to hide, like Adam and Eve in the garden.
But you have saved me and I, by repenting, accepted your salvation and now I never need to hide from you again. When I fall, I get up and run to to the hospital for sinners, the confessional, and beg for you to forgive me once again. Change me, Lord, until I never sin against you again.
Thank you, Lord Jesus. Give me an awareness this week, as I reflect on your Passion and Death for this wretch, of how much I owe You. Give me a grateful heart, a heart that sings your praises and rejoices in You love.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on me a sinner.