The Final Days of the Journey

Triduum 2A little over six weeks ago we began a journey. One that needed prayer, fasting and almsgiving to sustain us. A journey that required each of us to look within. To see where we experience God in the ordinariness of our lives. To see 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. On these sacred days, we do not simply recreate the events of Christ’s life. We do not move from his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, 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 Triduum a different facet of this event is remembered. All of them together – form a celebration of our Redemption.

Remember what we celebrated at the liturgy on Palm Sunday. In Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem we see the different elements of these sacred days. First, there is 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 will give his life for His people.  And beneath that festive mood there is tragedy. Jesus knows that quite soon the very people who acclaim Him will denounce Him. He has no illusions; He is traveling toward His death.

In your prayer during this Sacred Paschal Triduum, allow that story to guide you. Experience the many different feelings here. 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.

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. 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. Decide now which Mass on Easter you will join with your parish community in celebrating the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus. 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!

Question – How will you be celebrating the Sacred Paschal Triduum this year? 

April 16th, 2014 |