March 29, 2015
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Holy Week is upon us; now is the time to enter the mystery of our salvation, to personally participate in the life-saving New Covenant! We are invited to take part in a life-changing journey with God Incarnate into the heart of the Triune God. Most importantly, please set aside time on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for the Easter Triduum. Thursday’s Mass of the Lord’s Supper starts at 7:00 pm; the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion begins on Friday at 3:00 pm with the Seven Last Words at 1:30 pm; the Easter Vigil takes place at 8:00 pm. Our Penance Service is this Sunday night at 6:30 pm.
On this Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, we take in the big picture and get a glimpse of what’s coming in the days ahead. From such a vantage point, we see a battle between good and evil, obedience and disobedience, love and sin. As the sins of the world are heaped upon Jesus, step-by-step He makes His way to the Altar of the Cross on Mt. Calvary. Truly, this is the victory of God!
Our Gospel begins with the anointing of Jesus, a good deed. But immediately we glimpse the sin of Judas as his greed sets in motion a plan to hand Jesus over… 30 pieces of silver for a betraying kiss. Next, we see the sin of pride. “Even though all should have their faith shaken, mine will not be,” says Peter. By Christ’s love, pride gives way to humility and tears after Peter denies even knowing “this man.” Despite knowing who would betray and who would deny Him, the Bridegroom holds nothing back from them, His beloved, at that first Eucharist. Next, we witness the sin of sloth in the hearts of Peter, James and John, as they choose sleep over praying with Him as He requests in the Garden; still He loves them. The priests and elders of the people then bear false witness against Him, and out of the sin of envy they hand Him over to a cruel pagan-enemy to be tortured and killed. Yet with heroic meekness, He loves and prays for them. He takes the anger of the world upon Himself as they spit at Him, mock Him and tear the flesh from His back. With love beyond imagining He carries all of these sins, in fact the sins of the whole world, up Mt. Calvary to offer Himself as a sin offering, as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. This is the victory of God’s love over sin and death. His sacrifice also brings about our victory over sin and death.
This Holy Week we enter into the mystery of God’s unfathomable love for us, a love that sets us free to live in His image. He invites us to walk with Him so that we may share in His divine life. This week, may we experience His love and unquenchable thirst for us to be one with Him.
Catechism Question of the Week: According to the Catechism, we endure the hardship of ______in union with Jesus on Calvary as collaborates with God’s redemptive work. A) Love, B) Faith, C) Work, or D) Pain (see CCC 2427)
With family, friends and those you meet, please discuss the following Question of the Week: How did the Resurrection change the world?
In Christ’s Peace,