Happy Easter everyone! What a beautiful day to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord. He is truly Risen. It is a cause to celebrate every day, but today especially. How will you celebrate Jesus’ victory over sin and death today? How will you celebrate? I was thinking about this as I read the readings, celebrating the victory as a witness to these events, just a strong emphasis on Witnesses today…
Happy Easter everyone! It really is so good to be here with you, last year Fr. Andrew Marr and I celebrated the Easter Vigil by ourselves in this huge church… it was rather strange, so I am so very thankful to be with you this evening.
On this afternoon we typically venerate the cross. This year we will not venerate it in the usual fashion, coming forward during Mass to touch or kiss it, I will ask you to remain in your pews. We usually venerate the cross because “As we kneel before the crucifix and kiss it, we are not adoring the material image; rather, we are paying the highest honor to the Cross of Our Lord as the instrument of our salvation. Because the Cross of Jesus is inseparable from His sacrifice, as we reverence His Cross we, in effect, adore Christ.”
It is good to be with you this evening, my first real Triduum celebration with all of you here at Nativity. We are getting closer to normal but we aren’t quite done with all of the regulations that the Vatican and the Archdiocese are giving us: do this, don’t do that - and these next few days will feel different than usual.
Today is the memorial for Saint Turibius of Mogrovejo. He was born in Spain in the 16th century and became a brilliant scholar of the law. When he was 42, King Philip of Spain asked him to go to Lima, Peru to become Archbishop. He initially protested since he was a layman but finally consented to the request of the king and Pope Gregory XIII. After being ordained a priest and consecrated a bishop, St. Turibius made the long journey across the world to serve the people of South America.
Have you ever known someone whose faith and trust in God really makes them stand out in the crowd? They have a sense of peace and tranquility that you notice every time you interact with them. After talking to them, you always feel better about yourself than before you had the conversation.
Jesus says here that He, “did not need anyone to testify about human nature. He himself understood it well.” Jesus is God after all, and He gave us the Ten Commandments to help us to overcome the weaknesses in our human nature, and to teach us how to love.
The Memorial for today is for Saint Frances of Rome. St. Frances was born into a wealthy family in Italy in the 14th century. She was attracted to the religious life as a child, but her parents arranged a marriage for her when she was 12.
Our Gospel today speaks of humility and reminded me of John Howard Griffin. John Griffin was a white journalist from Mansfield, Texas. In 1959 he worked with a dermatologist to temporarily darken his skin so he could pass as an African-American man. He traveled for 6 weeks throughout the segregated south and kept a journal. His 1st hand accounts of discrimination provided material for a book and later a movie called “Black Like Me”.
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So in today’s Gospel we hear the familiar story of the Transfiguration. It says in here that “Then Peter said to Jesus in reply” but Jesus hasn’t said anything to Peter, but this incident, what he has seen, it has spoken to Peter, and he is replying to that.
It might just be me, but it feel like these days the greatest virtue someone could posses is the ability to get along with everyone and never offend anyone. I agree, it is a good thing to practice charity at all times and seek to apporach everyone with love; however, sometimes the most loving thing to say to someone is the truth. And sometimes the truth hurts.
What beautiful complementarity we see in today's first reading and Gospel. In the first reading we see a penitent and humble Queen Esther pleading with God for salvation. In the Gospel, Jesus invites us all to come to Him with the same confidence that Esther had.
So today’s Gospel comes in the same chapter after Jesus was casting an evil spirit out of someone and the man was healed physically, but some of the people who saw it were saying that Jesus was doing these healings by the power of the devil.
Do you realize how much God loves you? "Of course!" you'll say. "I've heard that all my life! How could I not know that?" Unless you have experienced God's love for you and kept it in the front of your mind ever since.
Today is the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter. Once again, we have another random, awesome feast. Why celebrate a chair, you ask? Well... it's not so much the chair itself but what the chair stands for.