Dearest Parishioners and Friends,
Holy Week is upon us. My prayer for us is that is be holy—in other words, that it be imbued with and an extraordinary experience of Divine goodness. Exteriorly and humanly speaking, many of the events that we will acknowledge are tragic. We know, in faith, however, that, through them, Jesus communicates to us Divine goodness. Tragedy thereby no longer has the last word. “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” (I Corinthians 15:55)
This is paramount to bear in mind. Otherwise, we may simply offer passing acknowledgment to Jesus, wave and say “thank you” and then move along, and not really let ourselves be drawn to Him in greater intimacy. 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, “One cannot desire freedom from the Cross when one is especially chosen from the Cross”. If, at the Cross, Jesus pours forth His heart, then, at the Cross, we are chosen.
We are indeed chosen. We are beloved. Let us journey with our Beloved, and let ourselves be drawn to Him. We may struggle, at times, to know that this means. Let us express, in all simplicity, any confusion or fear or indifference. Jesus will do the rest. The victory of love has already been won…
Yours in Him,
From the desk of the Rector