Join in Christ's Journey
"Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again."
As we move through Holy Week, let us proclaim Jesus as our Lord and King, who came and will come again.
On Holy Thursday, we remember the first celebration of the Eucharistic meal at which Jesus commissioned his apostles to offer this same sacrifice in his name. Jesus is truly present and asks us to invite him into our lives. We are not bystanders at Mass, rather, participants. On this night, our participation takes on a greater intensity as we accompanying our Lord from the Last Supper to the Garden of Gethsemane. There he invites us to pray with him to be with him in his darkest moment.
On Good Friday, it is the Stations of the Cross that focuses the prayer of the Church. We walk with our Lord and Savior, meditating on his passion and death in a way that makes every celebration of Mass deep and intimate.
Christ has died. On Saturday, the world is quiet. Though we know that Jesus rose from the dead, on this day, we reflect on the way in which this acclamation comes alive in our lives. We ask ourselves, "how would my life be different if I thought this was the end of the story of Jesus' life?"
Christ is risen. We come to Easter and to every celebration of the Mass to remember the end of the story. Because of this our lives are full of hope. At Mass, we are nourished by Christ's body and blood and it is this that allows us to live knowing there is more, trusting that Christ will come again.
We encourage you to prepare to enter fully into the celebration of Holy Week by going to daily Mass and asking Our Lord to help you get ready to enter fully into his passion. Look at your calendar and look at your parish's calendar for Holy Week and set aside the times for liturgy and time to be quiet and meditate so as proclaim in word and in action, Christ has died, Christ is Risen, Christ will Come again.
The Mass: The Glory, the Mystery, the Tradition, by Donald Cardinal Wuerl and Catholic writer Mike Aquilina, explains the liturgy in a way that is easy to understand. Whether you are someone who is looking to learn the basics or someone who is looking for a "refresher", The Mass will be helpful to you.
|"As disciples of Jesus Christ, we desire to know, love, and serve Him as members of His Body, the Church. We desire to live in the freedom and power of God's gift of love. With the help of this short Catechism on the seven Sacraments, you are invited to deepen your relationship with the person of Jesus Christ, through his living sacramental presence. The seven Sacraments, instituted by Christ, are the means by which the Catholic Church offers to each person the life giving love and presence of God, that is grace. With this short Catechism as a companion and guide, may your study and prayerful reflection be such a renewed moment of grace. So that you experience the abiding presence of Jesus Christ in His Church, in your life and in the life of your family." ~ From the Introduction of The Sacraments, A Continuing Encounter with Christ|