THE WRITTEN STYLE OF THE REALHOMILIE
It is my aim that I present the Homily to you in a way that you might hear me speaking.
I do not follow the strict rules of written prose as such; I use the techniques of oratory shared with me
in many Mission Sermons, and Mission Instructions by tried and true Mission Fathers,
from whom I am privileged to
have been formed in that great tradition.
St.Paul of the Cross. Pray for us.
Dear One and All,
One week from today is Easter Sunday! We will celebrate the triumph of Jesus over the final enemy … death! It is only correct and just, that if we wish to join in the victory, then we should enter into the struggle which precedes it. During Lent, we have been given the opportunity to reflect upon the quality of our lives in the face of the Lenten Invitation: Turn away from sin, and be faithful to the Gospel. Today, as we receive our Blessed Palm and give thanks and praise to God, we are given the opportunity to enter into the spirit of Holy Week. We can take this opportunity to walk with Jesus through this week in all its moods and complexities, to finally rejoice in the Father’s glory when ‘life’ was re breathed into Jesus His Son: that new life is always offered to everyone.
When we speak about Jesus in the Mass, for example, we use the past tense. “Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life” … “By your Cross and Resurrection you have set us free”. In other words, Jesus has already completed his part of the formula for salvation; now the rest is up to us. Of course, we are not alone in this venture; the Holy Spirit is alive within God’s household inspiring us. This week is a sacred time; it’s up to us whether we wish to enter deeply into the spirit of it or not. The secular world is well and truly geared up for huge Easter Egg sales and massive attendances at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, let alone getaway holidays to the Barrier Reef. The beginning and end of these secular activities is often the $$$$ … but for us, the end of this week is New Life! When we enter into the Church’s Liturgy during the Easter Triduum … Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil/Sunday, this newness of life and attentiveness to God’s Mission for us, can be nourished and sustained in us. If we take ‘time out’ as family and individuals to make this journey together, the results will be far more lasting for us than from a Cadbury’s Chocolate Easter Bunny!
There is a time and place for celebration, but it becomes all the more worthwhile when it has been earned through solid attentiveness to Jesus, who invites us to be truly servants of each other; to be responsive to His constant invitation to be with Him in prayer; to walk the Way of the Cross; and to allow the Cross to speak to our hearts. By entering into this mystery, we can rejoice in our God who loves us into life, and gives us the responsibility through our Baptism, to share it with others.
Now is the time to plan our week! Now is decision time! There will be many inviting alternatives which could take up our time and promise us rewards. But this is the week of all weeks in which we as a community can be renewed through prayerfully and seriously walking the road to Calvary together … and then into the light of Resurrection.
Our reward? A greater alertness to the suffering Christ in His people now, and the strength and quality to be ‘Easter People’ in a world where His Word is still to be proclaimed and heard.
May this week be a source of blessing for all of us. God Bless you all and your families, and may we never forget each other in Prayer. May the Passion of Jesus be always in our minds and in our hearts.
Review and Re-think time
- Five weeks of Lent have now passed; in what areas of our Christian living have we tried to change in response to the Lenten call to ‘Turn from sin and be faithful to the Gospel’?
- Our prayer life: have we made some efforts to listen and speak to the Lord in prayer?
- Our personal discipline: have we become more aware of the need to listen and rework some of our feelings and actions?
- Thinking and doing something for others: have we worked on our selfishness in order to be more selfless in our relationships?
- Reconciliation/Confession: What are our plans during Holy Week? Do we see the importance of journing our Local Eucharistic Community for Reconciliation?
- The Easter Ceremonies: What are our plans this week for being with the community during these coming special days? Are other attractions like the Royal Easter Show in Sydney, or get-away-holidays priorities? If your country honours Good Friday as a public holiday, have you thought of praying the Way of the Cross usually around 10.00am, and then joining the community for the Solemn Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion at 3.00PM?
Jesus remember me, when you come into your kingdom, Jesus remember me when you come into your Kingdom. Jesus, remember me, when you come into your kingdom, Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom.