What is the depth of the relationship between us and our nearest and dearest?  In the Bible reading for this week, we have the story of Jesus’ passion which includes the account of the Last Supper which Jesus shares with his disciples.  As he hands around the cup, Jesus says, “this is my blood of the (new) covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”  The word covenant was crucial to the people of Israel and it is crucial to all Christians too.  Jesus, by his life and, crucially, death, made possible a new relationship between God and man.  In effect, Jesus was saying, you have seen me and, in seeing me, you have seen the heart of God.  Jesus by his teachings, healings, compassion, passion and death has revealed to humanity what God is like.  Jesus was the personification of God’s love for humanity.  Because of Jesus’ suffering and death, the way is now open for humanity to have a relationship with the living God.  In these dark times of the corona virus, we need to hold onto the truth of Holy Week which proves that God is on our side.  God is for us; God is with us; God will not desert us, especially through these troubling times. Perhaps we can join with the hymn writer: “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.”