Sunday, April 09, 2017

Journey with Jesus this week (Sunday homily)

You may not have realized it, but one of the features of Holy Week 
is that there is a series of processions.

On Palm Sunday, the people are invited to enter the church 
in procession – just as Jesus entered Jerusalem long ago.

On Holy Thursday, the priest and the people carry the Eucharist 
from the main altar to a side altar – 
recalling the journey Jesus and the apostles took 
from the Upper Room, to the Garden of Gesthemane.

On Good Friday, the Cross is carried in procession 
so that we can adore the instrument of our Savior’s suffering, 
and our redemption.

And at the Easter Vigil, there are two: the Easter Candle, 
representing the light of Christ, 
is brought into the pitch-black church; 
and then those who are seeking Christ 
are led by that same light to be baptized. 

What does it mean?

It means that you and I are invited to walk this week with Jesus. 
We remember the journey he took from heaven, to Mary’s womb, 
to Bethlehem, to Jerusalem, to the Cross, to the tomb, and to life.

Don’t be a spectator! Let’s walk with him. It’s a hard journey, 
but we’re walking with Jesus; we’re walking to life!

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