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Holy Week

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Holy Saturday

It is now Holy Saturday, the last day in the Triduum. Jesus descended into Hell to redeem the world after His death on the cross yesterday. Jesus is not resting, He is redeeming! In some sense, today is a day of mourning. It is also a day of celebration as we know that tomorrow Christ will rise again from the dead and conquer death. Through His death and resurrection, He has redeemed the world.

Now, Jesus was placed in the tomb immediately after His death. Normally, the Jews would prepare the body with ointments and oils and herbs before burying the dead. However, since Jesus was crucified on Friday, and the Jewish Sabbath began at sundown Friday evening, there was no time to give Jesus the proper burial. He was rushed off to the tomb and laid and would be given the proper herbs and oils after the Sabbath was over.

The Jews followed the Sabbath to a t. They did not mess around. When God gave the 3rd Commandment “Thou Shalt Keep the Sabbath Day Holy”, the Jews were incredibly serious by not doing any work. As Catholic we are allowed to do some work. I for one enjoy doing yard work, and I find it relaxing. However, when I get frustrated and it starts to feel like work, I know that it is time to stop. Tomorrow, Mary and Mary Magdalene will go to prepare Jesus’ body for death properly.

Today in some regards we should consider a day of rest to some extent, as that is what the disciples and other followers of Jesus would have done today. It is not the Sabbath (ours is Sunday), so we are not required to rest all day like we are on Sunday, but it is encouraged. We can reflect on the Passion and how through Jesus’ Death and Resurrection, He has redeemed the world and allowed us access to Heaven. We should reflect more upon what it means to be Catholic as well as what it means to be a follower of Christ.

Many times we get it wrong. We get into a routine. We feel that “hey! Its okay if I do this, ya know, Jesus understands and its not a big deal”, but in reality, when we spend time to reflect on it, and ask ourselves the “what would Jesus do/think?”, we then realize, you know, this isn’t right. I need to amend my life.

Jesus died for us. Jesus also told us what we are to do and how we are to live our lives if we are to be true followers. We can give it our hardest and if we are indeed trying to follow His commandments, and when we fall we ask for forgiveness and when we sin we go to confession, we can rest assured that we are on the right path. However, if we make excuses for us and fall short, we put ourselves in a dangerous position. When we are not on the path to Christ and we die, we may end up in Hell. This is important to always keep in mind. God isn’t up in Heaven waiting for us to trip up so He can send us there. We freely choose Hell based on our actions.

God wants us to be with Him in Heaven. So, this Easter, let us take up our crosses so that we can join Jesus on Calvary. Let us know that through the Resurrected Christ, we have a shot of eternal salvation in Heaven. Let us be thankful, that Jesus is indeed the Messiah, and that through Him, we are able to conquer death and sin, and to achieve a level of holiness, never before seen.

The Last Supper

Today is the last day that Jesus will walk among us before He enters into His passion. Tonight Jesus will offer up His body and blood for us as a sign of the new covenant. We will then eat and drink and receive him into us. Ordinary bread and wine will have the same characteristics, but it will not be what it seems! What an incredible mystery that Christ leaves for us.

Lent is over. Now, that doesn’t mean its time to break out the chocolate and everything else that we’ve given up for Lent. We are in the Triduum. It is sort of like its own season, but not quite. The Triduum in case you didn’t know consists of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. Easter is part of….wait for it….the Easter season.

Before Jesus and the disciples celebrated the Passover meal, Jesus was humble and washed the feet of the disciples. It is easy to overlook this, but this is a huge example of how we as followers of Christ, who are called to imitate Him, must serve those around us. The Son of God, who has all the glory in the world, submits to those around Him, and serves them! How often do we see great leaders spend the time to help the little guy? When was the last time the President of the United States took time to help the people that he serves? We are all called to serve those around us, both when asked, and when the opportunity presents itself.

We are called to offer ourselves to another in sacrifice. We are no better than anyone else. Its really easy to forget this and think of ourselves as better. Society pushes this on us constantly. You have to be the BEST in order to achieve whatever it is that you are going to accomplish. This mentality is pushed on us on a regular basis. How often are we pushed to look down on those around us who don’t match up to us? The world judges. Christians do not. Christians who do, are asking for judgment and condemnation upon themselves. Judge not, lest you be judged, condemn not, lest you be condemned, forgive and you will be forgiven. (Luke 6:37). Christ’s words, not mine.

After Mass tonight, we will then enter into the Passion of Our Lord. This will lead us right into Good Friday. As a reminder, Good Friday is a day of fast and abstinence. Two small meals and one almost normal meal. No meat. I will discuss this again tomorrow as a reminder. Day’s of fast are mandatory unless there is a serious reason why you can not fast.

May God bless you and your Triduum, the Holiest 3 days of the year.

Holy Week

This is it folks. We are in the thick of it. Holy Week 2012. Yesterday, we laid out the palms for the arrival of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus. Thursday we will celebrate the Last Supper or as I like to call it, the First Mass. After Mass on Thursday evening, we will then enter Jesus’ Passion. I for one, am not looking forward to this.

Good Friday for me, is quite possibly, the worst day of the year for me. I feel like everyone is out to get me. This is one reason why I try to take the day off or at least half the day off. But, I know that all the suffering that I endure, is good. At 3pm, the hour that Jesus died on the Cross, I can feel God’s presence leave Earth. Its a very odd phenomenon, and if you haven’t ever noticed this, take a moment to think about it this Friday. Do you feel anything different about Friday and Saturday that is different from any other day of the year?
On Holy Saturday, we await for Jesus’ Resurrection. We look forward to celebrating Easter. Whether you go to the Vigil Mass (which is always beautiful seeing converts join the Church (and reminds me of my conversion)) or Sunday Mass, the joy of the Risen Christ is there. Christ conquered death and is now RISEN! This is such an incredible mystery that we should reflect upon it far more often than we do.
I will admit, that Lent this year has not been as terrible as years past. This is good! It’s nice having Lent not be painful and frustrating on a day to day basis. I really feel that I have grown into a better person this year and I’ve made changes that I hope I can carry out with me for the rest of my life.
I hope that you have had a good Lent as well. If Lent hasn’t been great for you, don’t give up. Easter is only 5 more days away.
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