From the Desk of Father Nathan
Weekly Inspiration, Encouragement and Spiritual Guidance.
April 18, 2021, Third Sunday of Easter. The majority of our parish has had a vaccine. It is time to move back to our regular mood of life.
Holy Thursday Homily. We celebrate three anniversaries on Holy Thursday: 1) the anniversary of the first Holy Mass, 2) the anniversary of the institution of ministerial priesthood in order to perpetuate the Holy Mass, to convey God’s forgiveness to repentant sinners, and to preach the Good News of salvation, 3) the anniversary of Jesus’ promulgation of his new commandment of love: “Love one another as I have loved you” (Jn 13:34).
At the Easter Vigil, the Exsultet is sung as Mass begins in darkness, illumined only by candles throughout the church. The Exsultet is a beautiful hymn of rejoicing in Christ’s triumph of sin and death.
Today is Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion and we are remembering the death of Jesus, the Word made flesh on the cross… The Cross is the principal symbol of Christianity and this is so because it reminds the world of the sacrificial love of Christ which he expressed to humankind through his passion and death.
Palm Sunday. Holy Week begins. Jesus and his disciples arrive at the Mount of Olives. “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is to come! Hosanna in the highest!”
Holy Week is also called “Passion Week” begins on Palm Sunday and continues to Easter Sunday. Holy Week provided an opportunity for all the faithful to reflect on their personal sinfulness and their need for Christ and His sacrifice on our behalf.
5th Sunday of Lent. I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live… -Jn 11:25
This is the year of Saint Joseph December 8, 2020, is the 15th anniversary of the Declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. Pope Francis issued an Apostolic Letter entitled Patris corde (“With a Father’s Heart”).
4th Sunday of Lent. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. -Jn 3:17