Getting deeper into Lent has, hopefully, led us to take a bit more time in prayer. We are approaching Holy Week. Jesus laid out His ministry and message in three years, but in a period of three Holy Days a lot of action takes place. We see sleeping, betrayal, denial, doubt, fear and abandonment, but we also see Christ leaving the Eucharist and His ultimate sacrifice because He loved us enough to suffer and die.
Yes, many friendships and testimonies of faith were tested and most of the humans failed. Mary, Jesus’ Mother, the other Marys and St. John remained faithful, but the other Apostles were found so lacking. Wait a minute, didn’t Jesus pick those people? Didn’t he tell Simon that his name was Peter and upon this rock I will build my Church? Peter denied Jesus. Thomas doubted Him. Judas betrayed Him. Everyone except for John ran away.
What happened to these mere mortals? Peter begged for forgiveness and was forgiven. He led the new Church until he too died like Christ. Thomas regretted his doubt and asked for forgiveness. He too was forgiven and became the Apostle to India. He was martyred for his faith in India. The other Apostles, all martyred except for John, asked for forgiveness for their lack of faith. Judas, he committed suicide. What a shame, because we can speculate that Jesus would have forgiven him as well. What about us? Do we fail? Of course, but all we need to do is ask for forgiveness. Have we done that? I hope so. In order to celebrate and participate in the Resurrection we need to go to God and ask pardon for our lack of faith in Him and express our gratefulness for all that God has done. Like the Apostles we are charged with bringing the Good News to all.
Bible Vs. Matt. 16:15-16,18-19 “Simon Peter replied, You are Christ, the Son of the living God... And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my Church, and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it.”
Prayer: Help me to be faithful all the time, but when I fail, like your most intimate followers, reach your hand to me to help me up. I’ll get up and begin again and try not to fail you, but if and when I do, I will always ask for forgiveness. Help me also to give forgiveness as quickly and honestly as you do. Amen
Highlights: Come and celebrate the days of Holy Week at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine. Thursday, April 18 is the Mass of the Last Supper at 7:00 PM, Good Friday, April 19 is the Passion of Our Lord at 2:00 PM, Holy Saturday is the Easter Vigil at 7:30 PM and Easter Sunday Mass is at 8:00 AM. Alleluia, the Lord is Risen!
Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, 21281 Chardon Rd., Euclid, Ohio 44117