March 20, 2016
My Dear Brothers and Sisters of San Felipe,
So it begins. Today we began our celebration with Jesus and his followers feasting, singing, dancing and lots of laughter, probably with some adult beverages for some that night. It all changed so very quickly to a time of incredible fear, sadness, confusion, anger and disbelief. In between, the two experiences, they fell asleep. After all, they had just had a great feast and were certainly tired from all the excitement.
Do you really think Jesus was THAT surprised that he kept finding them asleep in the garden?
Holy week is here. We can choose to sleep through this holiest of times. Or, we can truly engage our senses, our imagination, our faith AND ourselves to embrace this most wonderful, holy and for some, difficult time of year?
Today is just the beginning of a week when the finest of our Church’s liturgical celebrations lead us in a most dramatic way through the very heart of the Pascal Mystery. It is now that the truest meanings of the life, death and resurrection become for us not just some wonderful theological ideas. This is where the proverbial rubber hits the road. This is the week when we are called to wash feet . . . yes as icky as that sounds . . . for each other. We are called to engage in the sadness of death. We are called to embrace the denials as if we are Peter himself three times telling those around us, “No, I do NOT know THAT man.”
It is up to us. We can choose to participate in the wonderful aspects of this holy time. Or, we can just sleep through the whole experience. It will truly be exciting. It will truly be life-changing, if you allow it to be such. By this time next week, we will have a whole new perspective on our relationship with our God. Come join us for this most amazing and spiritually nourishing time of our year.
May God bless us today and always!