March 2017

Reflection for Holy Week to Easter 2018

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On Holy Thursday we will celebrate the great inauguration, the beginning of the gift of the Eucharist, and the priesthood, and remember the example of Jesus who called us to serve, to wash each other’s feet and those of the poor. We shall recall and be reminded that he gave himself to us, not because we deserve it, but because he loved us. This makes us remember what he said in John 10:10, “I have come that they may have life and have it more abundantly”

We will celebrate Good Friday, a contradiction in terms because we recall the suffering and death of Jesus, and the human potential for cruelty, and the potential for the failure of organized religion, when it is cut away from the love of God and our fellow men and women. It is called “Good” because it is a day when divine life is given for love and salvation. A shroud of silence will fall over the church, all ornaments will be stripped, and no mass will be celebrated, because it is the day love died for us! 

Our celebration will move on to Holy Saturday when we mourn his death and wait for the coming of the greater gift of the resurrection, the foundation and bedrock of our faith. We will relive that dawning day when light suddenly streamed into the darkness of the world. The angels rolled the stone away; death could not hold the Son of God!  Our celebration will roll into Easter Sunday as the reality of the resurrection takes hold of the disciples and friends of Jesus more surely; what we thought we lost came back mightily to us! This is why we entered the season of lent – to renew our faith in the resurrection, and to do so by renewing our commitment to holiness, and rejection of sin. Now, we can live without fear, knowing that this world may destroy our bodies, but no one can destroy our souls, because Jesus lives, we shall live forever! Folks, Happy Holy Week and Easter!

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