Palm Sunday is the first day of this HOLY WEEK and Easter Sunday is the eighth day of this week. The eighth day signifies that there is a new creation, a completion of all that is created, a fullness of humanity being caught up into divinity, of heaven and earth being united, of evil being overcome, of death yielding to life. Yet this transformation of existence takes place in and through Jesus Christ, born of Mary, living a fully human life, suffering what all men and women suffer, being crucified, dying and being buried. The mystery is that this human life is also divine life. What an incredible marvel!
We are baptized into this life of Christ and in and through our baptism we share Christ’s divine life. The human task is to allow this divine life to manifest itself through our own particular humanity. We are invited to “wash one another’s feet” by a life of service offered to others—our spouses, children, friends, acquaintances, those who suffer and struggle, those who have lost hope and those who are without friends. We are invited to see that true love is more powerful than death and that true love lives on in joy and glory now, here where we live, and forevermore.
Brothers and sisters, if at all possible I encourage you to participate fully in the sacramental life of the Church this week. Holy Thursday is at 7:00 pm, Good Friday is at 7:00 pm and the Easter Vigil, themost beautiful Mass of the year is Saturday night at 8:30 pm beginning with darkness, fire and candle light!
Let this week be a week through which we make very intentional our life of discipleship, followers of the crucified and risen Lord Jesus. Let it be a week that deepens our faith and strengthens our hope and renews our energies as a Christian people.
Praying for one another,
Fathers Ed and Wes