During the early part of Holy Week a Chrism Mass usually takes place. During this Mass the priests renew their commitment to their Bishop and the Holy Oils are blessed. This is a good time to refresh ourselves as to what the oils are and when they are used.
Today on this Holy Thursday when so much has changed, so much of our rich history is the same. We look to our devices, televisions or computers to bring us the Good News of this day steeped richly in tradition. For this time in our history it is ok. It is in these new ways that we stay connected to our faith. We utilize our social media outlets to gain our strength and to keep us centered in the message of today.
On this Good Friday, the day that Jesus gave his human life for us, we remember we are like the Good Thief that asked for forgiveness. Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom. In this time of Social Distancing, is there anyone that you need to ask for forgiveness? Is there anyone that you need to forgive? Take a few moments to listen to the words and maybe write a note to them that person. Cleanse yourself of that burden.
Holy Saturday is known as the day of great silence. Jesus was laid in the tomb and the world waited. We wait in these times of uncertainty and pray. Know that you are not alone just as Jerusalem was not alone during those three days. Know that our prayers are for you and your families during these days. Just as Spring comes back every year, we will come back together too.
St. Faustina was intuitive enough to listen to her heart and believe in the visions she had. Her story is quite phenomenal. Did you know that most days at 3 pm you can view the Chaplet of Divine Mercy on EWTN. It is no coincidence that the chaplet is said at 3 pm. Why would you think that was important?
Jesus appeared to the fishermen who must have been exhausted and when he told them to cast their nets out the the "right hand side" - did you hear that "right hand side"? Who sits at the right side of the Father? Just checking to see if you caught that.
The reaction from Peter and the interaction with Jesus is simply heart warming. A reaction we are all praying for if we reach the gates of heaven. In these days of uncertainty, a warm welcome (with social distancing) is what we need for each other. Let our hearts be like Peter's today and listen to the Father as he tells us try one more time.
In the Gospel of John the burial cloths are discussed specifically. There is a very important message in this scripture that many overlook. The napkin that was placed over Jesus' face was very intentionally placed in the empty tomb. It was said that at the end of a Jewish meal the man of the house would crumple up his napkin and toss it on the table - showing that he was done and would not be returning to the table. In a situation that the man of the house was not done eating but needed to leave the table for some reason he would fold his napkin neatly. This would signify that he was indeed returning to the table. The napkin in the tomb was rolled and placed in a specific location. Some say the meaning is that Jesus intended to return.
A more classical sound.
A different view of the same story in grateful celebration that Jesus is risen today. We Are An Easter People and Alleluia is Our Song. Happy Easter everyone.