Question of the Week: Why does God love us so completely?

The intentions of Pope Francis for the month of April:

    Universal: That governments may foster the protection of creation and the just distribution of natural resources.

    For Evangelization: That the risen Lord may fill with hope the hearts of those who are being tested by pain and sickness.

Dear Parishioners of OLM & OLS:

A blessed and happy Easter to everyone! What a wonderful, power filled, and grace filled several days we have shared this past week. It was truly a HOLY WEEK!

I thank all of you who filled our Church to celebrate the Mystery of Faith. I thank our music ministry for leading us in singing the praises of God. Doris, the cantors, the choir, the instrumentalists, you all gave your all to God and to us and we are most grateful.

I thank all of lectors, extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist, our altar servers, as well as our ministers of hospitality. Your stewardship of time and talent provided valued ministry in the execution of our ceremonies.

I thank Rocco and Asvaldo whose efforts allowed us to experience a clean and orderly environment in which to worship.

Theses ministries and stewardship that supported our Holy Week are but the fruit of the ministry and stewardship you extend each week. Whether you worship at Our Lady of Sorrows or Our Lady of Mercy each Sunday, we are blessed to be part of this wonderfully linked communities of faith.

May we move forward through this Easter Season in sharing the Mysteries of Faith that define our spiritual lives.

My love and my prayers,

Father Jack

Eastertime ~ A Sense of the Season

First, we kept the forty days, with praying, fasting and giving alms. Then we celebrated the three days of Christ’s passion, dying and rising. Now we delight in the fifty days, with rejoicing, feasting and giving witness! The season of Easter is fifty days long. It is a time of unbridled joy, of exuberant rejoicing. The church tells us, the fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost are celebrated in joyful exultation as one feast day, or better as one great Sunday. These above all others are days for the singing of the Alleluia. (General Norms for the Liturgical Year and Calendar, #22)

Why is Eastertime fifty days? The ancient cultures that gave us the Bible had great respect for numbers. They believed that numbers contained hints about God and the meaning of life. The number seven was thought to contain fullness: There are seven days in the week, according to God’s original way of ordering time, creating all that there is and resting. So if you multiply 7 times 7, you have fullness times fullness.

But wait! 7×7 is 49! With God, there is always more. More than we can ever imagine. So our holy season of Easter is even more than fullness times fullness. It’s fullness times fullness and then some: 7×7+1. That’s what love is like: more than we can ever imagine. That’s what heaven is going to be like: more than we can ever imagine.

The fifty days are days for looking for the risen Lord among us, for hearing in each other’s stories of rising from the big and small deaths, days when we experience something of Christ’s triumphs. That’s why we look to the newly baptized, robed in bright new clothes and oily with gladness: At Easter, they died and rose with Christ! Now they take their places with us. Together, like the apostles who were so full of the Spirit that people thought they were drunk, we rush about with good and giddy news: Death is not the last word! Life and love are forever! And slowly, painstakingly, we work together, together with Christ, to change this world into the world to come. Sing Alleluia!