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PASSION & PALMS

Posted on Apr 07, 2017

PALM SUNDAY & HOLY WEEK
VIGIL PRACTICE, TUESDAY, April 11, at 6:30 pm

 

SUNDAY'S READINGS  
Matthew 21:1-11
Isaiah 50:4-7

Psalm 22:2, 8-9, 17-20, 23-24
Philippians 2:6-11
Matthew 26:14-27:66

 

"The very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and strewed them on the road.  ...And when he entered Jerusalem the whole city was shaken and asked, 'Who is this?'  And the crowds replied, 'This is Jesus the prophet, from Nazareth in Galilee.'" 

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Vigil Practice this Tuesday!!

  • Practice on Tuesday is for parents of RCIA youth, for Godparents and Sponsors, and all those receiving Sacraments!
  • Practice for the Vigil is in English this Tuesday at 6:30 pm.  Please arrive early and find your seat in the newly renovated church building (it is beautiful!).  Your family name will be on your pew.  If all can arrive around 6:15 pm, then we can start at 6:30 and be done by 7:30 pm.
  • Practice will begin in Spanish at 7:30 pm.  If you are coming to the Spanish practice, please arrive by 7:15 pm and find your pew, so we can start on time.
  • RCIA Session on Thursday, April 20, will be "Remembering Holy Week": the RCIA Sessions will be 7:00-8:30 pm most Thursdays after Easter until May 25th.

  REFLECTION:  "...give us this day..."

"O truly blessed Night," sings the Exsultet of the Easter Vigil, "which alone deserved to know the time and the hour when Christ arose from the realm of the dead!"  No one was an eyewitness to Christ's Resurrection and no evangelist describes it.  No one can say how it came about physically.  Still less was its innermost essence, his passing over to another life, perceptible to the senses.  Although the Resurrection was an historical event that could be verified by the sign of the empty tomb and by the reality of the apostles' encounters with the risen Christ, still it remains at the very heart of the mystery of faith as something that transcends and surpasses history.  This is why the risen Christ does not reveal himself to the world, but to his disciples, "to those who came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now his witnesses to the people."  -CCC #647

"This day" is also an expression of trust taught us by the Lord, which we would never have presumed to invent.  Since it refers above all to his Word and to the Body of his Son, this "today" is not only that of our mortal time, but also the "today" of God.  "If you receive the bread each day, each day is today for you.  If Christ is yours today, he rises for you every day.  How can this be?  'You are my Son, today I have begotten you.'  Therefore, 'today' is when Christ rises."  -St. Ambrose, CCC #2836

Taken in a temporal sense, this word ("daily" or "this day") is...to confirm us in trust "without reservation."  Taken in a qualitative sense, it signifies what is necessary for subsistence.  Taken literally, it refers directly to the Bread of Life, the Body of Christ...without which we have no life within us.  Finally, in this connection, its heavenly meaning is evident: "this day" is the Day of the Lord, the day of the feast of the kingdom, anticipated in the Eucharist that is already the foretaste of the kingdom to come.  -CCC #2837 

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