Easter Greetings from the President
On Palm Sunday, the priest greeted us with the following words:
“… Today we gather together to herald with the whole Church the beginning of the celebration of our Lord’s Paschal Mystery… His Passion and Resurrection… with all faith and devotion, let us commemorate the Lord’s entry into the city for our salvation, following in his footsteps so that, being made by his grace partakers of the Cross, we may have a share also in His Resurrection and in His life.”
As pilgrims on the CNEWA trip, we walked down the path that Jesus followed into Jerusalem … visited Gethsemane, the cenacle (room of the Last Supper), walked and prayed the Way of the Cross on Via Dolorosa, celebrated Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, visited the Ascension Church and the Church of the Transfiguration….As I follow Jesus’ journey through this Holy Week I recall vividly those sacred places and the sacrifice that He made for me. However, the words of the readings are much more meaningful now. How could they not be!
We will celebrate the Mass of the Last Supper on Holy Thursday. The readings are so familiar but profound: the story of the Passover, the institution of the Eucharist, the washing of the disciples’ feet. We need to celebrate what Jesus did for us… Let us receive Jesus as bread of life, strengthened for our journey.
The scripture readings of Good Friday invite us to contemplate the obedience, steadfast love and courage of Jesus from the time of His arrest to the crucifixion. May this ultimate sacrifice of Jesus remind us that we also are called to sacrifice, to serve one another in humility, trust and faith in the love of the Father. May the solemn intercessions proclaimed at this Eucharist draw to mind all those in our world that are in need of our prayers.
How amazing is the Easter vigil with so many sacred components: the blessing of the fire, preparation of the candle, sacred scripture, and renewal of our baptismal promises… In faith we pray, “Lord, send forth your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.” (Psalm 104)
And finally … Easter Sunday… the celebration of the Resurrection! “The Lord is truly risen, alleluia. To him be glory and power for all the ages of eternity, alleluia, alleluia.” (Luke 24.34; Rev. 1.6)
May this Easter be a time of joy and gladness as you celebrate with family and friends. May you be blessed with hope, peace and love. Celebrate all 50 days of this Easter season, commemorate the Ascension into heaven and the feast of Pentecost – the day the apostles were sent out accompanied by the Holy Spirit, on their great mission. Let this be our mission also. Easter blessings!
“And this is the promise which He Himself made to us: eternal life.” (1John 2:25)