From the Pastor's Desk
Fr. Dan White, S.J.
March 29, 2015
Holy Week is the most sacred time in the Church’s year. The memorial of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the foundation of our faith. The celebration of Palm Sunday, the last few days of Lent, and the Sacred Triduum are the highpoint of the liturgical life of the Church.
These days ask of us something quite simple but not easy: a committed presence to the Lord. We are to be present to Christ in His suffering, death and triumph over the grave. During Holy Week, we are not required to “do” anything. Keep in mind it is Jesus’ Passion, not ours. What we are asked is to “be” with the Lord. This can be difficult as none of us enjoy seeing another suffer. We need to ask God’s grace so we can respond to Jesus’ desire in the Garden of Gethsemane to “remain with me.”
This requires a commitment and willingness to be very intentional about these days. I realize all of us are busy and there are always a million tasks we need to do. However, let me suggest we all make a serious effort to not let this be like any other week. Consider what can wait or be put on hold. This holy time is different than any other part of the year. May we seek first to remain, to abide, with the Lord as He has asked.