March 24, 2016 – Holy Thursday
Letter to the Bishop Chatard High School parent community:
I was privileged to be in attendance at Tuesday afternoon’s Chrism Mass for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. I found great inspiration in seeing all of the priests of the archdiocese process in and was lifted up by hearing them re-commit to the call to serve the Church. There was beautiful music from the cathedral choir, a full assembly reciting prayers with conviction and singing with real joy, and the opportunity to celebrate Mass and share in the Eucharist.
The Mass was transforming. While I am fortunate to be able to attend Mass often, and always leave transformed (I was once told that if you do not leave Mass transformed, you’re not doing it right), there is something special about Holy Week. We are so blessed to be part of our home faith communities and to participate in the activities of this holiest of weeks:
To attend services on Holy Thursday and hear the story of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples, and being told quite clearly that we are called to do the same; to re-live the passion and death of Jesus on Good Friday and learn firsthand the lessons of sacrifice, selflessness, and nearly incomprehensible love; to experience the joy of the Easter Vigil as we welcome others into the Church and see the excitement and passion in their eyes; and on Easter morning, to rise again as Jesus did, resurrecting our faith and responding with renewed vigor to our call to bring Jesus to others.
We are all busy people. We have work and school, ballgames, Easter egg hunts, and family get-togethers. But this week, above all others, is special. We need to carve out time for God. He needs to be the most important thing. He needs to be our focus. We need to fill our churches this weekend, hear those Gospel stories, and feel His love for us. Most importantly, we need to be transformed. And we need to re-commit, as so many priests just did, to our lives in Christ.
May God bless all of the priests, deacons, and religious men and women throughout the world, and all of us doing our best to live out the Gospel message.
Have a blessed Easter season!