The Final Days of the Journey.

Triduum 2A little over six weeks ago we began a journey. One that needed prayer, fasting and acts of charity to sustain us. A journey that required each of us to look within. To see where we experience God in the everyday rhythm of our lives. To realize where change might be needed. To look upon Jesus as our model and to surrender ourselves to God’s will.

We are now near the end of that journey and begin our celebration of the event of our redemption. During these sacred days, we do not simply recreate the events of Christ’s life. We do not move from his triumphal entry into Jerusalem that we celebrated on Sunday, to the Last Supper on Thursday, to Christ’s death on the cross on Friday and to His resurrection on Sunday morning. Instead, we celebrate one event – Redemption. Salvation. And each day of the Sacred Paschal Triduum a different facet of this event is remembered. All of them together – form a celebration of our Redemption.

Remember what we celebrated on Palm Sunday. In Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem we saw the different elements of these sacred days. First, there was joy and celebration. In a sense, Jesus was coming into His kingdom and being acclaimed as a King! But, he is a different kind of King. One who gave his life for His people. And beneath that festive mood there was tragedy. Jesus knew that quite soon the very people who acclaim Him would denounce Him. He had no illusions; He was traveling toward His death.

In your prayer during this Sacred Paschal Triduum, allow that story to guide you. Experience the many different feelings. The joy, as well as the terror and sorrow. Remember in your prayer that Jesus is going to His death so that you and I may have resurrected life. That should bring us to our knees and hopefully to church each day to celebrate with the community of believers that is the church.

This week, embrace the Cross of Jesus Christ. No one else has proved their love for us as Jesus did on that cross. Allow that wood, the wood of that cross, to have its effect on your life. Grasp that cross and offer your life, without reservation, to the God who made you and redeemed you.

Celebrate the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper at your parish – it is at 7:30 pm at Saint John Bosco Parish. The ritual of the washing of the feet that evening is a reminder of the command of Jesus that we live as servants in imitation of his life of service. At Saint John Bosco adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will follow that Mass until 10:00 pm when the Night Prayer of the Church will be prayed.

Be there on Good Friday to participate in the Solemn Celebration of Friday of the Passion of the Lord with the community of believers to which you belong – it is at 3:00 pm at Saint John Bosco Parish. The Stations of the Cross will be prayed at 12:00 noon on Good Friday.

Decide now which Mass on Easter you will join with your parish community in celebrating the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus. The Easter Vigil will be celebrated at Saint John Bosco Parish at 9:00 pm on Holy Saturday – with one individual receiving the Easter Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist – and two individuals making a Profession of Faith, being Confirmed and receiving Eucharist for the first time. Easter Sunday Masses at Saint John Bosco Parish are at 8:30 and 11:00 am. Give thanks to God for the greatest gift given to us – Redemption!

Know that you are most welcome to come and join us at Saint John Bosco each day of the Sacred Paschal Triduum – as well as any time our parish gathers for prayer. The door is open, especially for you!

At Saint John Bosco Parish over 650 of us used Matthew Kelly’s Rediscover Christ as part of our Lenten journey. Hopefully it has helped each of us to grow in holiness – and inspired us to live in God’s power. Kelly concludes the final chapter by inviting us to remember to live in God’s power every day – and invites us to say with him: “I am a son/daughter of a great king. He is my father and my God. The world may praise me or criticize me. It matters not. He is with me, always at my side, guiding and protecting me. I do not fear because I am his.”

May we allow God to inspire us and fill us with His power so that we can inspire others!

Question – How will you be celebrating the Sacred Paschal Triduum this year? How are you allowing God to inspire you?

With the celebration of the Sacred Paschal Triduum and Easter Week – I’ll be taking things a little slower. So, my next blog won’t be until April 6th.

March 23rd, 2016 |