Our Pastor's Message
HOLY WEEK 2014
We enter the final week of our march toward Easter with the celebration of Palm Sunday. This day we remember Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and the final events leading to his Passion, Death and Resurrection. We recall that the people who so joyously acclaimed him on Sunday would be in Pilate’s courtyard on Friday, calling for his crucifixion. How fickle those human beings were. What lesson can we take from their actions? Do we too, at times, turn away from him because we are too intimidated by the “crowd” that does not know or love him?
Holy Thursday calls us to remember what Jesus did at the Last Supper. He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to his disciples telling the to take and eat his body and drink his blood. In doing so, he gave a whole new meaning and purpose to the Seder meal, the Passover supper. Does our reception of His Body and Blood give our lives new meaning and new purpose?
Good Friday reminds us of the depths of God’s love for each and every one of us. God gave his Son to reconcile us to Himself and to one another. Pope Francis continually reminds us that we must embrace Christ’s cross if we wish to be his Disciples. Do we embrace the Cross? Or do we flee from it when its shadow is cast over our lives?
The celebration of Easter and its vigil remind us that the purpose of all that has gone before is brought to fulfillment in the Resurrection of the Lord. At Easter we are reminded of our Baptism and its promises. Do we live out each day the Baptism we have received? Do we live out the promises made at Baptism?
Hopefully our reflections and meditation on the mysteries we celebrate will help us to answer the questions that they raise for our lives. May God Bless you all this Holy Week. May you find the true meaning of the Sacred Mysteries for your lives.
Fr. Peter Pagones