Reflections for the Week
Don't Miss a Moment this Week
Courage Honour Integrity.
Fear Abandonment Persecution.
It all happens between Palm Sunday and Holy Saturday. One Man, determined to change the world, stands with honour and integrity as others humiliate and insult him. He chooses non-violence while others beat and torture him. With his last breath, he forgives instead of curses.
Walk with this Man this week. On Thursday watch him kneel and wash feet. Think about how he has served you and where you can serve others in his name. On Friday watch him stand with dignity against the forces of
violence and oppression. Think about his sacrifice and ask for his strength to stand peacefully but forcefully for all those who are crucified by rejection, poverty or oppression in our cities and world. On Saturday listen to all the readings at Mass. They tell of God’s repeated attempts, since the beginning of time, to save us. Give your life anew to that God and ask how you can help save his world.
Don’t miss this week. All you need to know about your life unfolds in the life of the one Man who decided two
thousand years ago to change the world.
How can I shape my schedule so that I can attend Church on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday?
Friends, this month centres on the intriguing figure of Joseph. Joseph is one of the most beloved of the saints, featured in countless works of art and prominent in the devotional lives of many.
We know almost nothing about him, yet some very powerful spiritual themes emerge in the accounts of Joseph. He had become betrothed to Mary, and this union had been blessed by God. And then he finds that his betrothed is pregnant. This must have been an emotional maelstrom for him. And, at a deeper level, it is a spiritual crisis. What does God want him to do?
Then the angel appears to him in a dream and tells him, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home." He realises at that moment that these puzzling events are part of a much greater plan of God’s. What appears to be a disaster from his perspective is meaningful from God’s perspective. Joseph was willing to cooperate with the divine plan, though he in no way knew its contours or deepest purpose. Like Mary at the Annunciation, he trusted and let himself be led.
Word on Fire Bishop Robert Barron
At Adoration we see a large Communion Host set in a gold stand with a round window in it so the consecrated Host can be seen. This stand is called a “monstrance.” I have very rarely seen one that was not designed to look like the sun with its rays, encircling the Host. This is not just an artistic representation of the way we feel about the Lord in the Eucharist, but a reminder that he shines on everyone like the sun pours out its light over the earth. We are here to sit at the feet of Jesus, to love him and to listen to him. We believe that to do this is a participation in his grace shining out on the world. We are here, then, to catch these rays, not just for ourselves, but for the good of the Church and of the world, and, because Our Lord wants us to be with him.
My Best Hour: Making the Most of Adoration this Lent Shawn Rain
Catechesis on the Eucharist Part 17
While the entrance is being sung, the priest with the other ministers reaches the sanctuary in procession, and here he greets the altar with a bow and, in sign of veneration, kisses it and, when there is incense, he incenses it. Why? Because the altar is Christ: it’s a figure of Christ. When we look at the altar, we look in fact where Christ is. The Altar is Christ. These gestures, which risk passing unobserved, are very significant, because they express from the beginning that the Mass is an encounter of love with Christ, who “offering His body on the cross [. . . ] becomes altar, victim and priest” (Easter Preface V). In fact, the altar, in as much as sign of Christ, “is the centre of the thanksgiving that is fulfilled with the Eucharist” (Ordinamento Generale del Messale Romano, 296), and the whole community around the altar, which is Christ: not to look at faces but to look at Christ, because Christ is at the center of the community, He’s not far from it.
Then there is the Sign of the Cross. The Priest that presides traces it on himself and the same is done by all the members of the assembly, aware that the liturgical act is carried out “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” And here I pass to another very small argument. Have you seen how children make the Sign of the Cross? They don’t know what they do: sometimes they make a design, which isn’t the Sign of the Cross. Please: mothers and fathers, grandparents, teach children from the beginning - when very small - to do the Sign of the Cross well. And explain to them what it is to have Jesus’ Cross as protection. And the Mass begins with the Sign of the Cross.
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