We are getting close! Close to that most sacred week in which we celebrate so many themes, emotions, and wonderful gifts of God! Holy Week is coming quickly! This Sunday, Laetare (Rejoice!) Sunday is a bit of a break from the austerity and solemn nature of Lent. Its themes are heavy as is most of lent with stories of forgiveness and redemption, stories that help us learn from our past, and try to do better in the future. The compassionate father reminds us that God’s love runs deep. There is no limit to his forgiveness. If there was, he wouldn’t be God! But our response is crucial. This forgiveness was not extended to us for free! It was purchased at a great price; the death and resurrection of God’s son, Jesus Christ!
Nothing was ever the same, nor should it be with us. It gives meaning to our works of charity and prayer during the season of Lent and throughout the year. It gives meaning to our lives as faithful members of the body of Christ The events of holy week unfold before us again very soon. Plan now to be a part of it, attend as much as you can. Drink it in, the sights, the sounds, the smells, the silence and the shouts of “Hosanna” that soon will come! We prepare for this very special time of year and greatly anticipate its arrival and our participation in it.