One of the earliest records we have of Christian life and worship is from a diary of a Christian woman named Egeria. Egeria lived in Rome, but she went on a journey and spent time in Jerusalem for the week leading up to Easter, called Holy Week. Reading through this account has forever changed how I look at Holy Week.
Egeria didn’t just go to Jerusalem because it was historically interesting. Egeria made the journey so that her own life could more closely reflect the life and heart of Jesus. She made the decision to walk where Jesus walked with the hope that she could not only behold the footsteps of Jesus, but also to learn how to follow in them more faithfully.
I hope that as we move through Holy Week this year, we can do more than just listen to the story of the Passion of Christ, but instead set our hearts on living it in our own way. Here are a couple of tips to help you get started:
- Read the Gospel accounts with purpose. Look for things that resonate with you that God may be calling you toward.
- Write down one virtue or practice that you feel you could grow into.
- Think about someone who embodies that virtue or is faithful in that practice.
- Find a time to call them to learn about how they developed that characteristic or habit and how it plays a role in their life and faith.
- Try something new from what you’ve learned. Keep studying it, and adapt to continue growing.
We may not be able to travel to Jerusalem this week, but we can be on the lookout for Jesus’ footsteps in our own communities. I pray you find a way to walk in them.
Questions of the Day
- What in the Gospel accounts of Holy Week do you think you could learn from?
- Who in your own life could you ask for help in learning to live out that lesson?