At the close of a recent parish meeting, we were invited to pray for special intentions. One parent asked for prayers for a college-age son about to take his spring break in Florida. As a mother, “Florida over spring break” was code for all my worries about the evils that could befall children.
In the next weeks, many of us, intentionally, will do something to put winter behind us and look to the easier months ahead. That’s a good thing, especially if we do for our spirit what we do for our body–thus, my plea, my intercessory prayer for all of us here in our parishes – Holy Family and St. Robert.
We are about to enter into our “high holy days,” the most important and spiritually nourishing time of our liturgical year – Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday, the Triduum.
Is it conceivable that to enjoy the fullness of Easter 2015, we’ll let ourselves enter into the almost unimaginable vulnerability of Jesus Christ? How could we go about experiencing Jesus’ vulnerability and self-gift?
HOLY THURSDAY OF THE LORD’S SUPPER: Because we are so sorry for our sins, let us ask Jesus to “pass over us” with his great mercy. Let us thank Jesus for the remembrance of his body and blood – for his enduring gift of Eucharist which sustains our parish communities.
At our parish celebration of Holy Thursday, let us offer Jesus our feet and recognize that not only our feet, but our entire body is a gift of our Creator God – that we, like Jesus, come from God and that we will use our feet to return to God as we live to serve others.
GOOD FRIDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD: Let us try to find a new way to enter into the passion of Jesus Christ. For the rest of the year, how will we “ever glory in the Cross of Christ?” Will our Easter experience lead us to “lift high the cross?”
Can we, by a new way of entering into the passion, become so strong and bold to make Jesus’ gift of the cross a source of joy and of our daily spiritual growth?
HOLY SATURDAY AND EASTER SUNDAY: And for 50 days more to that great feast of Pentecost, will we allow ourselves the unabashed joy to sing and shout, give one another hugs and high-fives, and celebrate with festive foods, because in the Resurrection we have the greatest gift that any Savior could accomplish?
With the TRIDUUM, we have before us a life-changing opportunity. Will we make Thursday, April 2, Friday, April 3, and Easter, April 4, 2015, our most memorable spring break? Jesus assures us it will be worth the effort in the amazing blessings that come our way!
St. Robert Pastoral Staff