From the Pastor's Desk

The Background of the Divine Mercy Novena*

     On this Easter Day, we hear once again of the joy of the Apostles and Our Lady when they learn that Jesus is risen. Have we ever stopped to consider the emotions the Risen Jesus experienced as He returned to those He loved?
     Today, the Church invites us to hear the good news of Christ’s resurrection not as an event that happened long ago and far away. It is happening now within us. That is why, 2000 years later, we still exclaim, “This is the Day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad!”
 St. Paul tells us that we “were raised in Christ.” This was not an isolated event from long ago and far away. The resurrection of Jesus Christ in our own flesh took place on the day of our Baptism! This means that the resurrection is ours, as well. In a truly mysterious way, we already share in the resurrection.
     St. Paul also says, “Your life is hidden with Christ in God.” This does not point to the past or to some future event. The resurrection of Jesus means that our life is in and with His liferight now. Nothing can take this away from us. This is our treasure: Christ is Risen and He has raised us with Him.  

“Let us proclaim the Mystery of Faith…”

     One of the popular acclamations in the previous translation of the Mass was a response to the words given above, “Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again!” Contained in those words is the very Mystery of our Faith. And ready or not, we plunge into the Mystery with Holy Week.
     On Palm Sunday, we not only receive blessed palms, we hear once again, the Passion of our Lord. As the Palms come home with us, they not only bless our homes, they remind us of Jesus’ sacrifice each time we see them.
     On Monday morning, the world returns to normal. Business takes place. Homes and vehicles are bought and sold. People are born and people die. Some will fall in love and others will finally realize the lack of love. It is life.

It is life without Jesus.
Unless you stop.