In two days we will celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday which was established by Pope Saint John Paul II in 2000. But Christ’s unfathomable mercy has been available to us long before the Church officially instituted a day to celebrate it. Saint Paul, one of the first Christians, was eager to remind us of that:
We know from the Bible that there is a temporal connection between Passover and Easter—Jesus’ Passion takes place right after he eats the Passover meal with his disciples. But this timing is more than just a coincidence. Jesus’ Passion, death, and resurrection is actually the fulfillment of the Passover.
"O sublime humility! O humble sublimity!"
Eight years ago, Shirley and I decided to take the kids to a water park at the last minute. It was spring break and we were looking for something to do, so we thought it would be nice to surprise Amelia, James, and Ethan. We were having a great time, but realized we forgot a couple items, so we packed up the kids and made our way to the local mall.
John 13:21-33, 36-38
Jesus is deeply troubled. Night has fallen. One apostle is about to betray Jesus and another is going to deny him three times. The darkness of the coming events is palpable in this Gospel reading.
On Palm Sunday we will enter into Jerusalem with Jesus, and the Church will enter into Holy Week. In order to prepare for this sacred time leading up to our Lord’s Passion and Resurrection, we invite you to meditate on some quotes from the saints.