Tag: Holy Week

The Stage Is Set For Holy Week

Monday’s Gospel finds Jesus in Bethany, a small town just beyond the Mount of Olives. He is visiting his friends, Martha, Mary, and Lazarus. (John 12:1-11) This account immediately follows the account of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead, (John 11) and immediately precedes Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem (John 12: 12 ff.) It is here in the home of friends that John places the story of Mary anointing the feet of Jesus. Is it any wonder that Mary has in her possession “a liter of costly perfumed oil made from genuine aromatic nard” which she […]

Christ The Anointed One: God’s Service, Suffering, Salvation

All of salvation history revolves around the events of Holy Week. God, who created all things, and found them good, who created man and woman in his image and found them very good. The creation account reveals the creative nature of God, who is love. It also reveals that the human person is created for communion with God, to ‘walk with God’ in perfect love and harmony. After the parents of all humanity fell into sin, God remained faithful, ever looking for ways to reconcile us to himself, through covenants, prophets, priests and kings – […]

Betrayal Of Judas; Denial Of Peter Predicted

On this Tuesday of Holy Week, our Gospel comes from a scene at the Last Supper (John 13:21-38) in which Jesus tells the disciples that one of them will betray him.  The betrayer is revealed as Jesus shares a morsel of bread dipped in wine with Judas. It is interesting – and telling – that with the betrayal now known and on his way to turn Jesus over to those who will escort him to his passion and death, Jesus tells the remaining disciples: Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified […]

Make Plans Now For A Holy Week!

Two years ago, I had the great experience of traveling to the Holy Land during the first two weeks of Easter.  The day before that pilgrimage ended, I celebrated Mass in one of the holiest sites of our faith, the Holy Sepulchre.  After spending weeks visiting the country side and villages where Jesus was born, raised, baptized, preached, performed miracles, was transfigured; following the path and places of his passion and crucifixion all culminated in this celebration of the precious gift he left us, the Eucharist, in the place where he rose from the dead. […]

Behold Your King

As this Holy Week begins, we are encouraged to recognize Christ as our King. The glory of Jesus is revealed in humble love, suffering and service.  As the second reading today teaches: Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped.  Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2: 6ff) If our God and Savior can lower […]

Holy Week Begins

As this Holy Week begins, let us pray for the grace to keep our eyes fixed on Christ. Today, we proclaim him as King, while the events of this week will unfold to reveal what Kingship looks like through the eyes of God. Let us accompany him to the Upper Room where he washes the feet of his apostles, teaching them that true leadership is service. Let us follow him to Gethsemane where we will pray with him in his hour of handing everything over to the Father. Let us stay close as he is […]

Holy Week and Easter Triduum In Review

This Easter Sunday morning I am experiencing the manifold fruits and graces of the Lenten journey, and most particularly of this beautiful Holy Week.  My heart is filled with gratitude for God’s Goodness. I am told that this year, the number of people seeking the mercy of God through the Sacrament of Reconciliation far exceeds any previous year of recent memory. The attendance, and just as importantly, the participation during the Sacred Liturgies of these past few days reflects a dawning understanding and appreciation the People of God are showing for a renewed relationship with the God […]

How To Live Holy Week: Pope Francis’ Instruction From Today’s Audience

For the past few years I’ve been telling our priests that we can no longer sit in our offices or stand in our sanctuaries expecting the People of God to come to us.  It is clear the Holy Spirit is calling us to reclaim the mission of the early Church.  We, as Jesus, are called to ‘step out of ourselves’ in order to reach out to others.  Pope Francis speaks very beautifully to this urgent need in today’s Church at today’s General Audience.  The English translation of the Pope’s talk follows: Brothers and sisters, good morning! […]

I AM…Sent From The Father…

“I AM”.  These are the words used by God to answer Moses’ question: “if I go to the Israelites and say to them, “The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,” and they ask me, “What is his name?” what do I tell them?  God replied to Moses: I am who I am.  Then he added: This is what you will tell the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you.”  (Exodus 3:13-14)  Jesus claims the same title for Himself as he begins to clearly identify Himself as the Son of God.  It […]

Holy Week Begins…

With Sunday Evening Prayer I, Holy Week is upon us.  With the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, we begin this sacred week.  We are invited as the People of God to journey with Christ this week. A fitting beginning to this week is our own profession that Jesus is Lord, the promised Messiah, sent from the Father for the salvation of the world.  It is important to make this profession of faith, which we have heard in the Gospel so much this week, that Jesus is the one sent from the Father.  Through the events of […]

By Daniele Zedda • 18 February

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