Monday of Holy Week

As was expected, the church teemed with congregants of all sorts, both those who come each and every week and those who are occasional visitors.  Whichever group you fall into, I hope that you felt that warm embrace of the Christian Community who, like the crowds in Jerusalem, greeted Jesus.  My homily this past weekend was rather brief.  It was a simple invitation to keep Holy Week holy!  Might we all take some time to think about what Jesus did for each of us.  I’m reminded of that most profound theological question asked by the young novice: if I was the only person on the face of the earth, would Jesus have still endured the agony and pain of the cross?  The answer: you betcha!  Jesus’ final act of love, to give himself on the altar of the cross, is our reason to take some time to thank Him for his sacrifice and to pray and reflect on ways that we can imitate Him.  As we walk through Holy Week, consider experiencing the Sacred Triduum (the three days) – join me on Holy Thursday when we meditate on the Institution of the Ministerial Priesthood and the Eucharist; gather on Friday night on Good Friday to walk the via crucis to Calvary and then, gather in the stillness of the night on Holy Saturday and bear witness to the empty tomb at the Easter Vigil.  The Easter Vigil is the most beautiful liturgical celebration we have each year.  This year at St Mary’s, we will baptize two adults and three other adults, already one with us in Baptism, will be received in full communion with the Catholic Church and celebrate the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.  It is my fervent hope that as we hear the story of salvation history unfold on that most holy night, we will arrive at a more complete understanding of the redeeming love of Jesus Christ.  Let us keep Holy Week holy!