Today is Easter Sunday, the most glorious day on the Christian calendar. For today we celebrate God's faithfulness, for what he promised he has brought to fulfillment: Christ, our paschal lamb, has been sacrificed and he has truly risen from the dead. It is the truth of this day, the truth of Jesus Christ, our Risen Lord, that we Christians stake our whole lives, for in Christ's rising from the dead we have a share in eternal salvation - thanks be to God! For more about this day please click on the image. Peace be with you!
From a Holy Saturday Divine Office hymn we hear: "His cross stands empty in a world grown silent through hours of anguish and of dread; in stillness, earth awaits the Resurrection while Christ goes down to wake the dead." There is a stillness today, on this Holy Saturday, as we mourn the events of Good Friday and await the joy we celebrate Easter morning. For more about this day please click on the image. Peace be with you!
In the King James bible translation of Matthew's Gospel we read: “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46, KJV). These words are the first words of the twenty-second Psalm. To Roman soldiers gathered near, those words from the lips of a man they've been ordered by Pontius Pilate to put to death would likely sound as words of lamentation; the last cries of a grief-stricken and dying man. To the Jews witnessing the events of the day, these words would point to something more. For more about this day, and a reflection on Jesus' words from the Cross from the twenty-second Psalm, please click on the image. Peace be with you!
In his encyclical letter, Ecclesia de Eucharistia, Pope John Paul II wrote, "The agony in Gethsemane was the introduction to the agony of the Cross on Good Friday. The holy hour, the hour of the redemption of the world." Today is Good Friday, the most solemn day on the Christian calendar. Like St. Paul, today we proclaim Christ crucified (1 Cor 1:23). For more about this day please click on the image. Peace be with you!
Today we explore some of the early Church Fathers sayings about the Eucharist. Many of our mainline Protestant brothers and sisters, who know their history, will agree who these early Church Fathers were. Catholic brothers and sisters, though not a Holy Day of Obligation, Holy Thursday has rich and historical significance for each of us: for before departing the Upper Room to begin his Passion, Jesus instituted the Sacrament of the Eucharist, giving thanks to his Father, and commanding his Apostles to love one another, as He has loved them (cf Jn 13:34); and he commanded them, "Do this in memory of me" (Mk 14:22-24; Lk 22:19-20; 1 Cor 10:16; Jn 6:53-57, 1 Cor 11:23-30). For more on this great Mystery of Faith, from the Church Fathers in their own words, please click on the image. Peace be with you!