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The Paschal Mystery is the suffering, death and resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ in order to redeem us from slavery to sin and to restore our broken relationship with God, making us adopted children of God.
We remember this coming Holy Week, how Jesus, a pure victim, an “unblemished lamb”, chose to die in our behalf to save us from sin and death. He willingly sacrifices Himself as “The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” We remember that He has come to lay down his life for us his friends in perfect obedience to the will of the Father in order to reverse the disobedience of Adam and Eve. We also remember the Passion was not an injustice forced on a helpless victim but a willing sacrificial offering, the supreme act of Love of Jesus, God-man who is madly in love with us and His creation.
With the Paschal Triduum, that is, the Celebration of the Last Supper on Holy Thursday, the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday and the Celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday, we remember how the New Covenant was instituted by Christ Himself and He commanded His Apostles to “Do this in Memory of me”. He also gave authority to the Apostles to forgive sins breathing on them the Holy Spirit and telling them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” Jesus has made it possible in His Church to make these three celebrations into one in the Celebration of the Eucharist wherein His One Holy Sacrifice is truly made present through the Holy Spirit. We who were not present at His Passion will now be present every time we celebrate Mass, and receive the Grace He merited for our Salvation.
Brothers and sisters, our response to this supreme act of Love of our God is to thank Him, to acknowledge Him by coming to the Celebration of the Holy Eucharist at least once a week. And we can offer now our bodies as a sacrifice in union with Him for the salvation of souls. Jesus gave us this privilege to suffer with Him and help Him reign in our hearts and in the hearts of all the people He sends us to.
May we all have meaningful and fruitful celebrations of these Holy Days.
to support the Aid to Women Center in Tempe and 1st Way Pregnancy Center in PhoenixRead more
Donations can be brought to the Ministry Office beginning Mon, Oct 13.Read more
Sundays 10:00-11:30am beginning Sun, Apr 27Read more
- APR 13
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- APR 25
"Witness to Hope"Read more
- APR 27
- APR 28
To benefit St Vincent de Paul and other local Knights’ CharitiesRead more
- MAY 2
at Diocesan Pastoral Center Chapel, 400 E. Monroe, PhoenixRead more
- MAY 3
at St. Jerome Church, 10815 North 35th Avenue, PhoenixRead more
- MAY 13