It is carnival time in Jerusalem; a time of revelers and of motley bands of party goers.
But two figures stand out: Mary and John. With them, we follow our broken God. From the triumphal entry into Jerusalem to the desolation of Calvary, we all abandon him--except the two beloved people. It is here and now that He gives them to each other, and community is re-established after the kiss of Judas had blown it away.
The Church is born on the cross, seen and signified by the water and blood flowing from His side, foreshadowing Baptism the Eucharist. Everything happens quickly, yet even in the dereliction of the Cross, with arms outstretched, He gathers us all into the brilliance of Holy Saturday when all seems lost. All is about to begin.