Pastor’s Letter, April 2nd, 2017: Gods love can transform our present and future
A line from one of my favorite mystical writers Caryll Houselander
There is no desire that returns so inevitably and so
often to human nature as the desire to be made new.
That is why we rejoice in spring as we do.
Spring is the reminder of what can happen in our souls during the season of
Lent. It is no coincidence that Lent happens in spring. We here in the Northwest
are particularly sensitive to the signs of spring because they are a reminder
that warmer, dryer and sunnier days are on the way.
Next Sunday is Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week. We will be entering
into the most solemn season of the Church’s calendar or liturgical year.
This celebration of the Paschal Mystery, which includes Holy Thursday, Good
Friday and Easter Sunday, includes a three-dimensional structure: a celebration
of nature/creation, a feast in remembrance of God’s saving deeds in history and
hope. Nature coming alive in spring is a powerful sign of life. Jesus’ Last Supper,
death on the cross and Resurrection from the dead are God’s saving deeds
on behalf of mankind. Our access to these saving deeds through the Eucharist
and the celebration of these events gives us hope, hope that the power and
grace of this mystery of God’s love can transform our present and future.
Seeing nature transformed again and recalling the saving acts of God gives us
hope which in turn gives us joy. Joy is the hope and security knowing that the
hand of God is indeed at work and present in our lives. This is what
Sacraments and liturgy are meant to do: to connect us in a real way to the
saving deeds of Christ as if time did not matter. And in God’s infinite Kingdom,
time does not matter.
So let us journey once again with Christ this Holy Week: at his solemn
entrance into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, when he washes the disciple’s feet
and institutes the Eucharist on Holy Thursday, when he suffers and dies on the
cross on Good Friday, and finally when he rises from the dead on Easter
Sunday. Let us be present to these mysteries and make them our own, and be
made new again by the grace and love of God contained therein.