Today is the 2769th birthday of Rome.
Ad multos annos!
“Exult, let them exult, the hosts of heaven, exult, let Angel ministers of God exult, let the trumpet of salvation sound aloud our mighty King’s triumph!” ~From the Exsultet, or Easter Proclamation
Dear friends, we have made it.
The 40 days lost in the desert are over.
On Palm Sunday we processed with Christ, palms in our hands, into Jerusalem.
On Spy Wednesday we saw Christ anointed by a woman from Bethany, reminding us that all we must do must be done in accordance to Him. We also saw Judas prepare his imminent betrayal.
On Holy Thursday, we saw Christ’s institution of the Mass. We saw bread and wine become fully body, blood, soul, and divinity of God the Son. We saw the institution of the priesthood, men called to be priests forever, in the line of Melchizedek. We were then mandated by Christ to do for others what he has done for us. Little did we know the depth of what that actually meant.
On Good Friday, we shouted “Crucify Him!” We were not ready for what Christ had in store for us. We crucified Him because we believed it was impossible to love in the same way He loved. We denied Him and abandoned Him because the world wallowed in its sin. We found it easier to deny and abandon Him. We found it easier to sin than to love.
On Holy Saturday, we waited. We wondered where we were going. We were lost.
And on the Easter Vigil, we witnessed the miracle we most definitely did not deserve. We saw Christ triumph over death and sin. We saw the tomb empty, stone rolled away.
Why did He do it? Why did he defeat death and show himself to us who denied Him, abandoned Him, crucified Him?
“O happy fault, that earned for us so great, so glorious a Redeemer!”
Christ defeated death so that we may have hope to defeat death.
Christ took on sin because we could not hope to atone for our sins by ourselves.
Christ died so that we may live for others.
We did not deserve this, and yet we are here as witnesses to the King’s triumph.
It is time to roll away our own stones of sin so that we may join in the beatific vision of the many countless Saints who have lived for others and for God.
It is time to recommit ourselves to Christ’s mandate.
It is time to show ourselves and others that we are made in the image and likeness of God, and thus deserving of the divine love Christ showed us.
And when we do so, may we sing our praises together with the angels.
Today is Spy Wednesday, traditionally the day when we believe that Judas made the bargain with the High Priest to betray Christ.
I am not going to get into why Judas chose to betray Christ. Today also happens to be the day Christ was anointed with an expensive jar of perfume by the woman in Bethany. The only person who questioned this was Judas, who asked why is Christ being anointed when the perfume could have been sold for silver for the poor.
As we approach the Triduum, these three Holy Days, let us ask ourselves “In what ways are we Judas?”
In what ways do we reason ourselves into betraying Christ and justifying our sin?
In what ways do we question Christ and God’s promises for us?
Let us meditate on that as we strive to perfect ourselves waiting for Christ’s return.
Easter is coming. Let us be ready.
Collect: Almighty ever-living God, who as an example of humility for the human race to follow caused our Savior to take flesh and submit to the Cross, graciously grant that we may heed his lesson of patient suffering and so merit a share in his Resurrection.
Sorry dear readers; I was out of the country last week and could not post about last week’s Mass.
But anyway, Palm Sunday is here.
Holy Week, the week of weeks. We have walked with Christ to Jerusalem.
Hosanna to the son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel!
Let us set aside some time to follow our King, not just to Jerusalem, but to the Glory of His Resurrection.
We are almost there.