Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s,
My sister had a beautiful little girl on March 19th which was a great treat for St. Joseph’s feast day. She is the 13th grandchild for the K-13 clan. I will be baptizing her on Easter Monday. (I once again failed to win the family betting pool on guessing the right gender and date of birth. Thankfully the 14th grandbaby is due in August, so I will have another crack at the $25 this summer!)
This Palm Sunday, we enter into Holy Week. I think of Jesus’ statement to the Apostles at the Last Supper when He said to them: “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer, for, I tell you, I shall not eat it [again] until there is fulfillment in the kingdom of God” (Luke 22:15-16). Knowing exactly what would come in the days ahead, Jesus eagerly entered into His Passion, Death, and Resurrection for our salvation. I have been struck by the fact that sometimes Jesus is more eager to save then I am to let Him save me. Holy Week is a time to let God enter more fully into our lives, especially those areas that are in need of grace and transformation.
Some ways to enter into Holy Week:
- Consider attending one of the Holy Week liturgies, especially if you haven’t had the opportunity before.
- Bring someone with you. This is a powerful time of the year anyway, but especially after the pandemic has dragged on for over a year. Think of who could be helped by drawing near again to the Lord and is only waiting for an invitation.
- Choose with the Lord on Good Friday to forgive someone who has wronged/hurt you.
- Go to confession.
- Fast from social media and noise on Good Friday and Easter Saturday. In the silence, we can hear God speak more easily. In some ways, I have found this fasting from distractions to be more difficult than fasting from food.
- Do something for someone else. It is striking that Jesus entered into His Passion without many people having any idea that He was going to do something that would affect their lives. We also don’t particularly need a reason to look for and do something for someone else who could use the help.
- Take time to pray on Holy Thursday Night. This is one of my favorite times of the entire year—those few hours of adoration after the Holy Thursday Mass. It commemorates the time Jesus spent in the Garden of Gethsemane after the Last Supper. He asked the Apostles if they could spend an hour in prayer with Him. St. Mary on the Lake will be open until 10pm for prayer that night.
- As we watch Jesus enter into His Passion, is there any part of your life where you have given up hope? This is a season above all of hope because Jesus has conquered sin and death. May this week and Easter help us enter anew into the fight and into hope.
We will have overflow seating in the Church Hall at Sacred Heart for Easter Sunday, so there will be plenty of room available.
God Bless you during these Holy Days!