by Dr. M. S. Alexander, England
We are in the middle of Passion ( Kashtanubhava) week. This is a week when we
are supposed to experience or endure (Anubhavam) some kind of pain or suffering
(Kashtam ) in the name of our Lord. This is a week when we are supposed to
survey the wondrous Cross and study the pain and suffering our Lord had to
endure or experience to save
us and to give us a place in Paradise just like He gave it to one of the
thieves who was crucified with Him.
Is it important that every one of us should endure (anubhavam) the suffering (Kashtam)?
To find an answer to this question, we should read the book of Jonah in Holy
Bible. The King of Nineveh issued a proclamation for every one as follows,
not let any man or beast, herd or flock taste any thing, do not let them eat or
drink .But let every man and beast be covered with sackcloth. Let every one
call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence."
a result of their lent, prayer, and suffering (passion) they could save themselves and
their country. There are many other examples in Bible. Jesus Himself proved that
He could overcome the temptation of Satan by prayer, lent and suffering (Kashtanubhavam) in the desert.
Of course it is true that a large number of our people are going through
suffering every day of their lives either due to poverty or due to serious illnesses or due to other man made problems. Let us pray that their
suffering come to an end and do what we can do to help them out.
There are many others who knows about passion, but do not do any thing
to endure any form of suffering. They come from the upper and middle class
section of our church. Their interest is mainly in life after Good Friday- the
celebrations of Easter with plenty of food and drinks, numerous weddings that are waiting to be celebrated after Easter...
Many may think that the story of Satan is an old one, and there is no need to
be afraid of him. The truth is that Satan is more active today than at any
time in the past. Jesus has taught us that we can overcome Satan only by prayer
So, what shall we do? Let us look at the famous English Hymn,
"WHEN I SURVEY THE WONDROUS Cross
On which the Prince of Glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all".
That means that the Cross demands total surrender of our souls, our life, and
every thing we have. Without suffering the passion week (KASHTAM ANUBHAVIKKATHA KASHTANUBHAVA WEEK)
has no meaning or purpose. Let us endure and enjoy passion, and
experience the Grace of a an amazing Holy Easter.
Meaning of Passion Week
What does passion week mean to us? It is more than just an annual remembrance of the
passion - the pain and suffering, crucifixion, death, and resurrection of our
Lord - for all of us.