4/9/2017 12:00 AM
Dictionary.com defines the word ‘holy’ in 8 ways:
1) Specially recognized as or declared sacred by religious use or authority; consecrated.
2) Dedicated or devoted to the service of God, the church, or religion.
3) Saintly, godly, pious, devout.
4) Having a spiritually pure quality.
5) Entitled to worship or veneration as or as if sacred.
7) Inspiriting fear, awe, or grave distress.
8) A place of worship; sacred place; sanctuary.
As we enter into the mysteries that we celebrate during this week that is called ‘Holy,’ we can see by these various definitions this week is called to be set apart from all other weeks of the year, in particular for service to God and to allow us to enter into a deeper worship and veneration of the living God.
Yet, because God has such great respect for our own freedom, He will never impose His will upon us, but invites us into a deeper relationship with Himself. In this week above all weeks, He makes that invitation to you. To journey with Jesus as He enters into the city of Jerusalem. To dine with Him as He inaugurates the Eucharist at the Last Supper. To pray with Him while
He experiences the agony in the Garden prior to His arrest. To support Him while He carries the Cross. To anxiously await His Resurrection in the silence and quiet of the tomb. And to joyfully encounter Him anew as the bonds of death are broken as He returns to life!
This invitation is an invitation into new life. Everything changes because of the events that we celebrate! The celebrations of these days allow us to re-enter into the very heart of the mystery that we celebrate on our week by week journey through the Liturgical year. From the Chrism Mass, where all the sacred oils are blessed or consecrated and we priests renew our promises; to the Mass of the Lord’s Supper and the presentation of the Mandatum, the commission to serve; to the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, where we venerate an instrument of torture that has become the instrument of salvation; to the glory of the Resurrection at the Easter Vigil.
If you have never experienced these great and most sacred and holy liturgies, I would like to invite you to join us.
This is a week unlike any other. Holy, Sacred, Profound, Mystical. Jesus invites you to join Him in his journey, for He is always alongside you. Will you take up His invitation?
Fr. Kyle Schnippel
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