Are you ready? Tomorrow begins the Triduum, when the Church recalls the passion, death and resurrection, the Paschal mystery, of Jesus Christ. Are you ready to walk the road to Calvary, to be present to Christ’s suffering? As we remember this mystery that happened over 2,000 years ago, we also recognize that Christ suffers again today in the crucified people of our own time. Christians are persecuted for their faith, communities are ravaged by war and violence, and children are dying from poverty and hunger. Our faith challenges us to be present to them. As we enter into these most holy days, may we have the courage to walk with the suffering Christ as we face the sufferings of our world. Are you ready?
Are you ready? Tomorrow begins the Triduum, when the Church recalls the passion, death and resurrection, the Paschal mystery, of... MORE
“Jesus’ humiliation. These words show us God’s way and, consequently, that which must be the way of Christians: it is humility. A way which constantly amazes and disturbs us: we will never get used to a humble God! This week, Holy Week, which leads us to Easter, we will take this path of Jesus’ own humiliation. Only in this way will this week be ‘holy’ for us too!…We will be there at the betrayal of Judas, one of the Twelve, who will sell him for thirty pieces of silver. We will see the Lord arrested and carried off like a criminal; abandoned by his disciples, dragged before the Sanhedrin, condemned to death, beaten and insulted…And then, as he makes his sorrowful way beneath the cross, we will hear the jeering of the people and their leaders, who scoff at his being King and Son of God.…It is the way of Jesus; there is no other.”
~ Pope Francis, Palm Sunday Homily Sunday, 29 March 2015
“Jesus’ humiliation. These words show us God’s way and, consequently, that which must be the way of Christians: it is... MORE
In the Gospels on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday this week, we hear the “Spy” Gospels. In the past weeks, we’ve heard how the scribes and Pharisees were becoming more and more irate about Jesus and how they plotted to kill Him. In these three days, as we approach the Passion of the Lord, we hear about one of the disciples turning on Christ and selling Him for 30 pieces of silver.
Judas, the spy, comes to the fore. Reflecting on his actions can help us to see whether or not we too might betray Christ. In what ways do we sin? In what ways do we choose our own comforts over that of Christ and the Gospel?
In the Gospels on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday this week, we hear the “Spy” Gospels. In the past weeks, we’ve... MORE
In today’s first reading, the prophet Jeremiah recounts the ‘whisperings’ of those who seek to take him down. The whisperers seek to hold him down, to prevail over him. They seek to prevent him from fulfilling his prophetic mission. In these final days of Lent, we too might hear similar ‘whispers’ that seek to knock us off course as we journey toward Holy Week. Perhaps we are hearing the whispers of academic stress or of difficult relationships. Perhaps we hear the whispers of anxiety or busyness. Take these moments to still yourself before Christ and recount the whispers you are hearing. And take Jeremiah’s cue: pray for strength and take a few moments to simply praise Him.
In today’s first reading, the prophet Jeremiah recounts the ‘whisperings’ of those who seek to take him down. The whisperers... MORE