Greetings from Your Pastor: Passion Sunday

palm sundayI hope this note finds you and your loved ones well and in good health.

Today is Passion Sunday and the Universal Church has entered Holy Week.

This week will culminate with the holiest days of the year with the Paschal Triduum. Throughout this Lenten season, we have suffered from the inability to participate in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the fullest sense, and it is not surprising if the words of Psalm 22, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” ran in your minds in these present days.

Our Savior prayed these words as He hung dying upon the cross. Our Lord knew what it was to suffer as He obediently submitted to the will of His Eternal Father, enduring calumnies, the scourging, mockeries, a crown of thorns, bearing and carrying the cross, and bodily death.

Jesus knowingly suffered and died for us, to save us from our sins, so that we may have eternal life.

His suffering and death save us from our sins so that we may be reconciled with God and share in His eternal glory.

As Christians, we are reminded, whenever we look at the crucifix, that Jesus Christ was glorified through the cross. Christ received His glory upon the cross, and by His Passion and Death, He came to His glory.

Our glory will come through the crosses that Our Lord allows us to have; provided that we embrace them just like Christ embraced His.

Our crosses may be small and at times, they may seem to be large, but our crosses always share in Christ’s cross, and Christ is our strength and protection as we endure our daily crosses.

We have to keep our minds and hearts focused on Our Lord day in and day out as we persevere in prayer, in the life of faith, hope, and love, and sacrifice.

We adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee; because by Thy holy Cross, thou hast redeemed the world.

The Glory of the Resurrection will soon be upon us. Remain steadfast during the coming days.