Jesus Is Calling: “Spend Time With Me”


We stand on the Eve of the greatest Liturgy of the Year – the Triduum – Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, which culminates in the celebration of Easter.

Jesus is calling us to spend time with him during these Holy Days. The One who as God came to dwell among us is inviting us to accompany him through his final days when he instituted the Eucharist at the Last Supper, through his being handed over, passion, death and resurrection. These days are the greatest revelation of his true identity as the Son of God and the finest manifestation of the God’s love for the world, and for every person.

Jesus is calling us to spend time with him.

In a world that identifies less and less with God, that grows ever more confused about the truest nature of the human person, and becomes less effective in addressing and solving the human suffering of the world, we need these days. We need Jesus who is our Savior.

Jesus is calling us to spend time with him.

In a society where more and more people are isolated and experience greater desolation and loneliness, in the face of growing indifference; where the disparity between the wealthy and poor keeps expanding; where there is no room for those seeking a safe and better life for themselves and their children, we need these days. We need Jesus who is our Savior.

Jesus is calling us to spend time with him.

In a world looking for hope, greater charity, compassion, mercy, forgiveness, truth and understanding, we need these days. We need Jesus who is our Savior – our Hope, our Light, the way, the Truth, the Life.

Jesus is calling us to spend time with him.

Heed the words of St. Paul in the Letter to the Hebrews and draw near to Christ through the Sacred Liturgy of the church:

You have not come to something that can be touched, a blazing fire, and darkness, and gloom, and a tempest, and the sound of a trumpet, and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no another word be spoken to them. … But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.

See that you not refuse the one who is speaking; … Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us give thanks, by which we offer to God an acceptable worship with reverence and awe; for indeed our God is a consuming fire. (Hebrews 12: 18-19, 22-25, 28-29)

See you at church …

Arcbishop Etienne

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