Holy Week excites me more than Christmas what with the various Church activities I grew up with and can participate in.
This Sacred Week calls our attention to the humanity of Christ. The whole liturgical year is more focused on His present glory and so this Time alone in the whole of the Church calendar puts emphasis on His mortality, most especially on His Paschal Mystery (Passion, Death, and Resurrection). This is the Time when we can feel more related to Jesus because we know that He felt what we continuously feel in this vale of tears – anguish, sorrow, pain, rejection, humiliation — and upon realizing this, we can be all the more confident that just as He came out victorious that Sunday morning so too, we, will someday find answers to our questions, salve for our sufferings and stand up triumphant despite all the difficulties.
Our own “paschal mystery” will turn out to be more meaningful if we could contemplate on it in relation to our Lord’s.
So this Week excites me more than Christmas. After all this is where Christmas really points to. This Week will make manifest once again the significance of the Incarnation, the reason the Word took flesh and dwelt among us.