I am convinced that the Lord has very important lessons for us to learn this Holy Week. Christians believe in Divine Providence, not chance. Not that God wants to make bad things happen to us, but rather He is always with us, guiding and leading us to the fullness of life - - as we learn and grow on our way.
We approach Eastertime. The grace of Easter changes everything! Mary Magdalene went in the predawn to the tomb of Jesus (John 20:1-18). It was dark. She found the tomb empty. We can only imagine shock added to her grief.
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Yesterday, as I was setting up the computer for my folks to watch Palm Sunday Mass, I wished I had paid more attention over the years to our friend Joe, our IT administrator!
Plenty of cable channels love to program for Christmas, but Lent and Easter are usually reserved for sketchy Christian-themed documentaries of questionable accuracy, and the occasional faith-centric movie, special or miniseries.
A message on a sign in front of a Church this past week read: “O Lord, I didn’t know I was going to have to give up so much this Lent!” What has happened has led us to what we might think of as our communal Lenten experience and so then consider as well what the Lord intends for us to learn together!