Silence between the notes… Holy Week (Final Lenten Reflection)
“Music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.” This famous saying is true in the mystery of Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection. As Jesus goes to the Mount of Olives singing the Passover hymn (Mk 14:26), the silence between the words of this song gives us a little window into his heart. The silence between Jesus’ prayer and the silence of God in the Agony in the Garden helps us understand the deepest relationship with God and the power of the human spirit when confronted with unfathomable pain.
We keep our eyes fixed on the heart and spirit of Jesus as he goes through his passion and pause in silence at the foot of the cross and the sepulcher. We watch the whole mystery of Jesus’ life begin to unfold in the heart of his mother Mary. In the silence at the core of her being we recognize courage and tranquility that springs from tremendous hope and a deep relationship with God. Finally, it is in the silence of the dawn that we experience the fullness of the Resurrection.
As we contemplate the mysteries of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus we come to realize that in the silence of our tears we begin to see the rainbow in our hearts and in the darkness of our lives we find our place among the stars. It is in the silence of life experiences and the silent moments in our prayer that the real presence of the Divine comes alive and we come to realize our true divine identity.