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April 13, 2017

Holy Thursday / Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper

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This celebration of Holy Thursday is unique and significant in the life of the Church. Jesus used the Last Supper with His Apostles to institute the Holy Eucharist and the Sacrifice of the Mass as well as the priesthood. Christ wanted their last evening together to be as vital to His followers as the Passover meal was to Moses and the Jews when they were freed from bondage to seek the Promised Land. “The Lord Jesus, on the night He was handed over, took bread, and...in the same way also the cup.... For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until He comes” (1 Corinthians 11:23, 25-26). Our Lord left His people the incredible offering of His own body and blood – a grace-filled gift of life for generations of believers to come.

Within hours, Jesus’ disciples would finally begin to grasp the true depth of love that He had for them and for all humanity. As the Mass ends, we watch the altar being stripped, and the Eucharist carried away. We feel the Apostles’ loss, but we have the privilege of knowing the joy yet to come.

April 14, 2017

Good Friday of the Lord's Passion

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At the annual Good Friday service we use the words of Scripture, the veneration of the Cross and reception of Holy Communion to contemplate the Passion of Christ. The Gospel of John recounts Jesus’ arrest, trial, crucifixion, death and burial. The willing suffering by our Lord focuses our attention on the His sacrifice for our salvation. “They took Jesus, and, carrying the cross Himself, went out to what is called the Place of the Skull, in Hebrew, Golgotha. There they crucified Him, and with Him two others, one on either side, with Jesus in the middle” (John 19:16-18).

We envision Jesus hanging from the cross, tortured and dying for the sake of His people. On this most solemn day of the year, we must accept the pain of body and soul that the Son of God endured so that we might live. We must acknowledge our own part in His Passion. Then we can seek His forgiveness and embrace His mercy. By offering Christ our devotion and service, we will prove to be loyal disciples He desires. With open hearts, let us thank our Redeemer for His gifts of faith, hope and love.

April 15, 2017

Holy Saturday of the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter

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As Holy Saturday draws to a close, the somber days of Lent finally end and we celebrate the first service honoring the Resurrection of Christ. The Easter Vigil moves from the lighting of the Paschal Candle to the liturgy of the Word, then the baptismal service and the liturgy of the Eucharist. Each of these elements reminds us that the Son of God has accomplished His mission. The Prince of Peace has destroyed the finality of death and the consequences of sin.

When we welcome new members to the Body of Christ we appreciate what our own faith truly means. “We know that Christ, raised from the dead, dies no more; death no longer has power over Him.... Consequently, you too must think of yourselves as being dead to sin and living for God in Christ Jesus” (Romans 6:9, 11). On Ash Wednesday, we were reminded that we are dust – mortal human beings. Now we understand that we are also immortal. In rising from the tomb, our Redeemer takes us with Him. Alleluia!

April 16, 2017

Resurrection of the Lord / The Mass of Easter Day

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All Christians await this day throughout the year because Easter Sunday expresses the heart of Jesus’ mission. His death is completed in Resurrection – both for the Son of God and for all who believe in Him. The Way of the Cross leads to His empty tomb. There we find Mary of Magdala who, stunned to find the stone rolled away from the entrance, then rushes to tell Peter and John that our Lord has been taken away. The men run to see for themselves and Peter finds the burial cloths neatly left behind. “Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed. For they did not understand the Scripture that He had to rise from the dead” (John 20:8-9).

Despite Jesus’ own words about His death and Resurrection, His followers had never really grasped God’s plan until now. But in that vacant tomb, the beloved disciple found love, truth and the fulfillment of Christ’s message. In seeing nothing, John found everything. Soon our Lord would appear to His disciples and word would spread far and wide. Jesus Christ is risen!


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April 13, 2017

Holy Thursday / Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper

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St. John starts his account of the Last Supper by describing how Jesus washed the feet of His Apostles. This was a task for a servant, never the host, so Peter and the others were confused and upset. But Christ had much to teach them on that Holy Thursday. “Do you realize what I have done for you?… If I, therefore, the Master and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do” (John 13:14-15).

Our Lord wanted His disciples then and now to appreciate His generous, humble service. We must imitate that relationship with all God’s people. If we welcome and reciprocate Jesus’ love – we must also love others. Only by embracing and spreading His message of mercy every day do we reveal ourselves as true followers of Christ.

Suggested missionary action: We can make Jesus our model in the way we relate to others. We only live as Christians by sharing our Lord’s boundless love with all we meet.

MISSIO & Scripture
“I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do” (John 13:15)
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April 14, 2017

Good Friday of the Lord's Passion

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Today is a sad and solemn time, commemorating the Passion and the death of our Savior. Although we know the ultimate victory of Christ, we meditate on His terrible suffering. Only then can we appreciate the love that impelled Jesus to open His arms willingly on the cross in order to embrace His people. He experienced betrayal and denial from two who were close to Him. He endured His mother and others who loved Him watching His crucifixion. Finally, Christ’s brutal torture came to an end. “Aware that everything was now finished, in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled, Jesus said, ‘I thirst.’…When Jesus had taken the wine, He said, ‘It is finished.’ And bowing His head, He handed over the spirit” (John 19:28-30).

Good Friday offers a beautiful opportunity to open our own arms to Christ, to express gratitude to our Redeemer for saving our souls for eternity.

Suggested missionary action: Let us stop to truly consider the suffering and death of Jesus. He shared in our human pain and mortality, to offer us life everlasting. Let us share this Good News with our words and deeds.

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“‘I thirst’” (John 19:28)
Provide Clean Water for New School
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April 15, 2017

Holy Saturday of the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter

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The Scripture readings for the Easter Vigil start with the Creation and take through many events and prophecies of the Old Testament. Always we aim toward the same goal: the coming of Christ bearing the gift of salvation for all people. We know how the Jewish people awaited their Messiah. When He came in the person of Jesus, He was unlike anyone they had anticipated. Jesus came to reveal God’s unfathomable love and to share His boundless mercy. Jesus came not just to live among us, but also to die for us.

Loyal women disciples of Jesus found His tomb empty on Easter morning, but an angel greeted them: “Do not be afraid! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified. He is not here, for He has been raised just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay. Then go quickly and tell the disciples” (Matthew 28:5-7). This Good News would change the world.

Suggested missionary action: We come to the end of the solemn Lenten Season with the glory of Christ’s Resurrection. And we ask our Redeemer to help us genuinely appreciate His gift to us and to all people – and to help us share that gift by accompanying missionaries through our prayers and help.

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“Then go quickly and tell the disciples” (Matthew 28:7)
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April 16, 2017

Resurrection of the Lord / The Mass of Easter Day

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Happy Easter! Catholics and all Christians celebrate Easter as our principal day of hope and glory because the Resurrection is the center of our belief in our Lord. Peter summed up the reason that Jesus came among us: “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power. He went about doing good.... They put Him to death by hanging Him on a tree. This man God raised on the third day.... Everyone who believes in Him will receive forgiveness of sins through His name” (Acts 10:38-40, 43).

The Son of God became man to save the rest of humanity from the sin and death. Jesus revealed mercy and truth throughout His ministry, but only by dying and then rising from the dead could He offer us eternal life. Our Redeemer gave everything for His people not because we deserve this kindness but because of His own loving goodness.

Suggested missionary action: Let us thank our Lord for the joy of this Easter morning and for the blessing of salvation. And let us express our gratitude by sharing our faith in Jesus Christ with neighbor half a block and half a world away.

MISSIO & Scripture
“He saw and believed” (John 20:8)
Send a Seminarian on Retreat
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