Easter greetings my young friends,
It is hard to believe, based on our recent weather, that it is already April. I have not seen any flowers blooming or trees budding, but it is good to see the snow melting. The path to spring this year has been difficult, and often cold and painful. If you think about it, this path is not unlike the path Jesus took to the resurrection.
In less than two weeks, Holy Week will be upon us. Our celebration begins with Palm Sunday, when we recall Jesus being welcomed into Jerusalem. What a powerful image we see on this day, and like our recent weather, how things change as the week goes on.
During the Easter Triduum, which begins with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on the evening of Holy Thursday and continues until evening prayer on Easter Sunday, we recall all Jesus experiences in his final days. The suffering Jesus endured, from the Garden of Gethsemane to the crucifixion, were all born out of his and the Father’s all-encompassing love.
From the betrayal by Judas to the public scourging, followed by the long, exhausting walk to Calvary, all these difficult, cold and painful things were endured by Christ out of love, and for the purpose of bringing us closer to our Lord.
How blessed we are on Easter morning to know and to feel the love of the risen Lord. The journey has been long and we have made sacrifices, but just as winter turns to spring, so do our hearts to the joy of the resurrection and the promise of everlasting life.
May the joy of the risen Lord be with you and your family this Easter!