A few days ago, a colleague asked me, “What are your plans for Holy Week?” I said I didn’t have any.

She then asked, “Will it be okay if I text or call you?” She was planning an overseas trip, so she wanted to know, just in case she needed to update me.

“Of course!” I answered. “Why wouldn’t it be okay?”

“Well, I wouldn’t want to disrupt your meditation or solemn time.”

I laughed. “Don’t worry. If I ever get into meditation, I would probably just fall asleep!”

It was only later that day, though, when I realized that my officemate’s question wasn’t silly at all. She was trying to be polite and considerate of me, assuming that I would have some kind of solemn ritual or observation of the Holy Week, being a believer and all. I suddenly felt embarrassed about the joke I made. To think that she wasn’t even a Christian!

For most of us, the Holy Week might just be another excuse to plan a quick out-of-town trip, visit loved ones, or to catch up on sleep. Of course, no one is to blame because who doesn’t like a long holiday break, right?

But while rest and recreation are totally good ways to spend the extended break, the Holy Week should mean something more, something deeper, for us, because we are remembering the very foundation of our faith: the death and resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

So instead of asking what your plans are, let me ask, “What does the Holy Week mean to you?

The Lenten season, or whatever you want to call it, is observed in remembrance of Jesus’ final week on earth. It’s probably just pagan practice, but so is Christmas, and we celebrate that! Without being legalistic about the exact dates and times, the essence of this holiday is very much Biblical: that Jesus suffered, was crucified, died on the cross, and rose again on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3,4).

and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.” (2 Corinthians 5:15)

As we attend to our personal plans for the holiday, let’s not forget what it’s really about. Because of Christ’s death on the cross, we who believe have been forgiven from our sins. We have eternal life. We have fellowship with God; we are a part of His family, and God calls us His children. We are blessed and enjoying God’s favor in our life. And we have hope because Jesus conquered death, and He is alive, and His power is at work in us.

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)

Of course, any day or any season is a good time to praise God and give thanks for what He has done for us, and again, there’s nothing wrong about having a good time during the break. However, let’s make this Holy Week more meaningful, setting aside time to reflect on and remember the sacrifice that Jesus made for us.

Writer’s Bio: Deedee Leones is a work in progress being molded skillfully in the hands of the Potter. She is a verbivore (lover of words) who dreams of changing the world through her writing and blogs at https://dandeelions.wordpress.com/