In our Eastern Church, Great Lent concludes on Lazarus Saturday, and prepares us for Palm Sunday and the Week of the Bridegroom. We have journeyed with Jesus from His Nativity, on to His Baptism, and in to the 40 days of Lent.
Now is His week. He, the Bridegroom, forges ahead- alone. Only incarnate Love has the strength to meet head-on the collected forces of evil, hate, cruelty, violent torture, ingratitude - all heaped and hurled upon His defenseless Person. But it was
To earth the Father sent His Son
St Bernard in Steps of Humility and Pride has a beautiful explanation and teaching: "Humility was born from the union of the Word with human reason." The Word is Truth and "the proper role, task of reason is to judge". Jesus, the Truth, faces the reality of human Sin and all our sins, and of being our Redeemer, so He cannot judge- He has accepted to be guilty! Now Hate will crush Him. Pilate, Herod, Annas and Caiphas have no mercy. He made no reply. He represented us and showed us, in truth, that we must do the same - accept being guilty because we are!! Our salvation is in process.
The Son for us His Spirit won
And so this is His gift to us. "He delegates to me his own power to judge- teaches and enables me to judge myself- but no one else. He stands by, for in truth I need Him, so as not to fall apart in despair. He delegated to [my human reason] his own power to judge, and when out of reverence for the Word [to which it is joined],I accuse... judge against myself, then the Holy Spirit is sent... Supreme Humility is a call the Holy Spirit cannot resist. He will come."
The nuptials of the Church and Word,
The Spirit's task- no voice is heard.