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It has been said that indifference, a lack of concern or refusal to act in the face of injustice, is at the heart of human suffering. With this in mind, St. Maximilian Kolbe – who was executed by the Nazis on August 14, 1941, after having offered his own life to save another condemned prisoner – described indifference as the “most deadly poison of our times”.
In most cases, indifference is born of comfort or complacency and a sense that “I should not get involved” or “it’s not any of my business.”
Sadly, we can all too easily recognize how such attitudes allow injustice, abuse, and neglect to continue and increase in too many places it the world today.
Palm Sunday and Holy Week reveal to us a God who, in Jesus, was anything but indifferent, “He emptied himself, taking the form of a slave… He humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a Cross.”
As we enter into Holy Week today, we are reminded of the opportunities before for us daily to “renew our commitment to a life lived in Christ.”
These days of Holy Week challenge us to envision a life in which rather than simply limp along in life, we seize the moments, those Holy Moments before us daily to grow in love and care of one another and what we do to others and to God’s creation.
This Holy Week may we pray for the grace to have open hearts, minds and souls, so that what is indifferent and unfeeling within us may be moved by the mystery of Christ’s passion and resurrection so that we might live out the grace of Easter and bring to our world the Light of Christ!