FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT – A PARADOX!
As we get very close now to Holy Week and the celebration of the Paschal Mystery of Jesus’ death and resurrection, Jesus tells us in the gospel today that he, like “a grain of wheat, must fall to the ground and die” in order to bear fruit for God’s Kingdom. What a paradox! What a mystery! Death leads to abundant life! The crucifixion leads to the resurrection! Our dying to self leads to life with Christ in his Kingdom!
Our Lenten observances of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving similarly help us die to ourselves and our selfishness and draw us closer to our Lord. In prayer this week, let us ask Jesus to help our spiritual “grain of wheat”, our natural tendency to look out for ourselves, fall to the ground so that we die to self, and then Christ’s new Easter life of grace will rise and produce really good fruit for the sake of others.
SPECIAL FEAST DAY THIS WEEK – THE ANNUNCIATION – Thursday, March 25th
On this day, exactly nine months before the Feast of our Lord’s Birth, we remember in our liturgy the Angel Gabriel coming to the Mary. At this unique moment in all of history, the Son of God is made incarnate; divinity is united with humanity. The Holy Spirit comes upon Mary, and Jesus becomes the fulfillment of God’s promises to the People of God as our divine Savior; Emmanuel, “God with us,” has become human. Come join us for our 8am morning Mass.
NEXT SUNDAY, March 28th, PALM/PASSION SUNDAY, STARTS HOLY WEEK
Weather permitting, we will begin our Holy Week services by gathering outside the front of church for the Blessings of Palms and the Procession into our church, keeping social distancing protocols. Then we have the Liturgy of Word which culminates in the proclamation of the Passion of Lord according to Mark.