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"hosanna: save, we pray"
A sermon preached by Fr. Dominique Peridans for Palm Sunday.
Our Bishop, Mariann Budde, has directed, as a policy of caution, and given the unpredictability of the future of the coronavirus in our midst, to suspend all church services and activities and to close all church buildings through Saturday, May 16. Therefore, the parish office will not be staffed during this time and we ask that parish volunteers respect the Bishop’s directives and not enter the buildings—even for private prayer. All events on our parish calendar through Saturday, May 16, have been cancelled. If feasible, we will make every attempt to reschedule these events, and will let you know of the new dates as soon as we are able. Worship is scheduled to resume on Sunday, May 17, with Masses celebrated at 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM.
tragedy need not have the last word
Holy Week is upon us—ready or not. Thankfully, Jesus is ready. Because Jesus is ready, my prayer for us is that this week indeed be holy—in other words, that it be an extraordinary experience of God’s goodness. Exteriorly and humanly speaking, many of the events that we will acknowledge during this week are tragic. Indeed, many of the events in our own personal and societal lives are tragic. Who ever expected a new virus to spread across the entire planet, impacting so many lives and so many institutions?
We know, in faith, however, that, through all tragedy, Jesus can communicate to us God’s goodness. Tragedy, therefore, need not, ever, have the last word. “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” (I Corinthians 15:55). Exteriorly and humanly speaking, the Cross is tragic. But, really, “to us who are being saved, the Cross is the power of God” (I Corinthians 1:18).
Edith Stein, also known as St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (who died in Auschwitz in 1942), so eloquently states that we are “especially chosen from the Cross”. If, at the Cross, Jesus pours forth His heart, then, at the Cross, we are chosen. We are beloved.
Let us journey this week as beloved with our Beloved, very deliberately, and let ourselves be drawn to Him. We may struggle, at times, to know that this means. We may struggle, because of our situation, to enter into these holy days and celebrations. We may struggle because we do not always feel very drawn. Let us express, in all simplicity, any confusion or fear or indifference. Jesus will do the rest. The victory of divine love, of God’s goodness has already been won…
Yours in Christ,
The Rev. Dominique Peridans
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