Holy Week is a time of solemn remembrance of the pivotal events that are the foundation of our faith. Palm Sunday begins with the crowds welcoming Jesus into ancient Jerusalem with joy as they acclaim Him as the Messiah and Son of David. Holy Thursday recalls his profound teaching on humility as Jesus washes the feet of his disciples and gives His very self to them, body and blood, in the sign that would endure for generations. His arrest and torturous walk up Calvary’s hill helps us realize the cost of His true love for us. His death and burial bring with them temporary moments of relief that His suffering is completed. However, every Easter Sunday we are amazed at the news of the mysterious empty tomb. Could it really be possible? The huge stone rolled away, the shroud that covered his flesh torn body on the ground, visions of divine messengers, and appearances of His very self, stir our memory of what He many times had taught. “From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly from the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised” Matthew 16:21. This message of “being raised” fell upon deaf ears and minds closed to the possibility of the impossible. But with Jesus, God our Heavenly Father and the power of the Spirit, the impossible becomes possible. This last “sign” of God’s power in Jesus validates the “Good News of the Kingdom” that Jesus came to usher in. Now we can proclaim again and again that death is not the end, nor does it destroy the bonds that are forged throughout our lives; it is but a moment of passage and of transition to that Kingdom that lasts forever. This is the crux of our faith. St. Paul advises us “for if only this life only we have hoped, we are the most pitiable people of all” 1 Cor. 15:19. In today’s feast we proclaim, Christ has Died, Christ is Risen and Christ will come again. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! A Blessed Easter of Joy to all.
ST. MARTIN DE PORRES will be having a whole Mortgage Burning Weekend of celebration beginning on Friday, May 19th as the Holy Name Society conducts evening prayer, a special awards presentation, and a wine & cheese jazz reception. Saturday, May 20th gathers parishioners and supporters for a basket raffle auction luncheon. On Sunday May 21st we welcome Bishop Malone to celebrate with us as we burn our seventeen year mortgage and complete our commitment that began at the dedication of our new church building March 11th 2000. Mark your calendars and make plans to join us in celebration.