Week of March 18, 2018

Sir, we would like to see Jesus. John 12:21

Greek pilgrims asked to see the teacher.  They reach Jesus at a critical moment, as he realizes the full implications of the mission he accepted.  In that realization, Jesus also comprehends the role his disciples will have to fulfill.  Those who wish to “see” him must live as he does.  It is not enough to gaze on Jesus or hear his words.  To “see” Jesus, one must accept the same mission from the Father:  to live as the servant of all and to show and trust in God’s love even unto death.  When Jesus said, “Where I am, my servant will also be,” he was describing a life of Gospel proclamation as well as a death on the cross.

Throughout John’s Gospel, the Father’s greatest desire is to bring the world to new life.  Jesus served the Father by accepting this mission, and the Father honored this service with new life in the resurrection.  But just as a seed, in death, ultimately produces an abundance of new seeds, so Jesus, in death, produced an abundance of new servants of the Father’s life-giving mission.  Turning worldly expectations on their head, God will honor those disciples who serve Jesus’ mission.  This is what Jesus tried to explain to the pilgrims in today’s Gospel.  Any who wish to “see” him must remain at his side through life and death.  (Taken from America Magazine, Michael Simone, S.J.)

So…do you want to see Jesus?

If you missed our Reconciliation Service Wednesday, Presentation Parish has their service this Sunday, March 18, at 6:30 PM.  If you haven’t had the opportunity to celebrate this sacrament of God’s mercy, I strongly encourage you to do so.

This coming Thursday, March 22, Bishop Johnston will celebrate the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral.  It begins at 7:00 PM.  At this mass the bishop blesses the oils that we use at the Easter Vigil and other times we celebrate the sacraments.  On this day the priests have an afternoon of reflection.  Bishop Johnston asks all of us to attend if at all possible.  We will not have mass here that evening.  Everyone is welcome to attend the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral.

Next Sunday we begin Holy Week.  This week we come together to celebrate the Paschal Mystery.  Mark your calendars:

  • Holy Thursday, March 29, Mass of the Lord’s Last Supper, 7:30 PM
  • Good Friday, March 30, Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, 7:30 PM
  • Holy Saturday, March 31, the Easter Vigil, 8:00 PM

I look forward to celebrating these liturgies with you.

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