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This Week's Bulletin Letter 

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Christ Has Shared His Risen Life With Us

Christ is risen! Truly risen! Alleluia! We gather to celebrate the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, to renew our faith and hope in him. A special welcome to our visitors.

Our new Pope Francis has brought new hope to our Church. Toward the end of his Apostolic Exhortation on the Joy of the Gospel, he writes of the hope which comes from the resurrection of Jesus. Pope Francis is not a Pollyanna. He recognizes the serious problems in the world and addresses them head-on. But these problems do not get the last word.

“Man cannot live without hope,” says the Pope; “life would become meaningless and unbearable. If we think that things are not going to change, we need to recall that Jesus Christ has triumphed over sin and death and is now almighty.”

The Pope writes about the need for patience in overcoming the problems in the world. He says that we must “work slowly but surely, without being obsessed with immediate results.” He asks that we stress the things that unite us, rather than what divides us, “to build communion amid disagreement, but this can only be achieved by those great persons who are willing to go beyond the surface of the conflict and to see others in their deepest dignity.” He sees that ideas and theories alone, no matter how well articulated, cannot make things better. Good ideas must be put into practice. We should never lose sight of the large vision, the big picture, in the midst of our particular struggles. “We can work on a small scale, in our own neighborhood, but with a larger perspective.”

These principles apply not only in the political and economic world. They apply in the world of faith. The Church itself faces difficulties caused by the sinfulness of its members. We ourselves are works in progress. “God is not finished with me yet.” This fact should not make us complacent. We still must struggle to make a better life and a better world. But we have to get used to the idea expressed in the German adage: Die Himmel kommt nicht her; heaven does not happen on earth. At best we get occasional glimpses of the joy that will be eternal.

“Often,” says Pope Francis, “it seems that God does not exist; all around us we see persistent injustice, evil, indifference, and cruelty….Sometimes a task does not bring the satisfaction we seek, results are few, and changes are slow, and we are tempted to grow weary.” But the Gospel, which the Pope calls “the most beautiful message that this world can offer,” helps us see beyond these obstacles.

“Christ’s resurrection is not an event of the past; it contains a vital power which has permeated this world. Where all seems to be dead, signs of the resurrection suddenly spring up. It is an irresistible force.” These are words of great faith and hope. “In the midst of darkness something new always springs to life and sooner or later produces fruit….Each day in our world beauty is born anew; it rises transformed through the storms of history. Values always tend to reappear under new guises, and human beings have arisen time after time from situations that seemed doomed. Such is the power of the resurrection.” Pope Francis is not ready to give up on the world. He is able to live with its shadows and ambiguities, knowing that Jesus Christ is the Lord of history.

What is true of the world at large is true on the smaller scale of our lives. We may not see a pretty picture when we look into the mirror. We may be aware of many flaws. And those who have to live with us may be aware of more. But we do not need to give up hope. Pope Francis reminds us that “we carry our treasure in earthen vessels.” But the treasure is still there.   Jesus has shared his risen life with us. He has forgiven our sins. He has conquered death. He invites us to begin again to live that new life. We are not alone. He is at our side. Christ is risen! Truly risen! Alleluia!

A blessed Easter to you and those you love.

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  • HOLY THURSDAY is the most complex and profound of all religious observances, saving only the Easter Vigil. It celebrates both the institution by Christ himself of the Eucharist and of the institution of the sacerdotal priesthood (as distinct from the 'priesthood of all believers') for in this, His last supper with the disciples, a celebration of Passover, He is the self-offered Passover Victim, and every ordained priest to this day presents this same sacrifice, by Christ's authority and command, in exactly the same way. The Last Supper was also Christ's farewell to His assembled disciples, some of whom would betray, desert or deny Him before the sun rose again. The Holy Thursday liturgy, celebrated in the evening because Passover began at sundown, also shows both the worth God ascribes to the humility of service, and the need for cleansing with water (a symbol of baptism) in the Mandatum, or washing in Jesus' washing the feet of His disciples, and in the priest's stripping and washing of the altar. Cleansing, in fact, gave this day of Holy Week the name Maundy Thursday. The action of the Church on this night also witnesses to the Church's esteem for Christ's Body present in the consecrated Host in the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, carried in solemn procession to the flower-bedecked Altar of Repose, where it will remain 'entombed' until the communion service on Good Friday. No Mass will be celebrated again in the Church until the Easter Vigil proclaims the Resurrection. And finally, there is the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament by the people during the night, just as the disciples stayed with the Lord during His agony on the Mount of Olives before the betrayal by Judas. There is such an abundance of symbolism in the solemn celebration of the events of Holy Thursday layer upon layer, in fact that we can no more than hint at it in these few words. For many centuries, the Last Supper of Our Lord has inspired great works of art and literature, such as the glorious stained glass window in Chartres cathedral, Leonardo's ever popular (and much imitated) Last Supper in the 16th century, and the reminiscence called Holy Thursday, by the French novelist,François Mauriac, written in the 1930s.  

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