God is good, all the time!
Many symbols of the Risen Christ are present in our Easter season celebrations. They are gifts to us, all conspiring to lead us to a deep, joyful relationship with the Lord — if we will let them.
One of those symbols that is constantly present is the assembly of which we all are a part. As we look around our beautiful worship space, it is the People of God, next to us, or across the way that we see week after week. The actions that we do together in worship — like standing, singing, praying, listening, walking in procession, sharing silence — all of these are ways the Lord can become present to us ... if we will allow it.
Of course you have noticed the white banners, the beautiful pedestals with the Holy Oils on display near the baptismal font and the Easter Candle, and all the lovely flowers and greenery that lift our spirits and tell us without a doubt that we are in a special place during a special season. Their purpose also is to serve as “signposts” or icons pointing toward God, if we will open “the eyes of our hearts” to see.
Next weekend at the 5:00 pm Mass we will confirm seventy young men and women, completing the initiation that began with their baptism and continued with their participation in the Eucharist. That group, in white garments, being anointed with the sacred chrism, is another symbol of the Good Shepherd, the Risen Jesus, active in our midst. Many of us know these young men and women and have been blessed to minister with them in a number of ways. Those experiences are all blessings from our loving God.
Two weeks later, another group of younger Catholics (my granddaughter among them) will make their First Communion at our 5:00 pm, 9:00 am and 11:00 am liturgies. The love and care which have gone into their preparation for this sacrament are still more evidence that Jesus lives among us. And of course they themselves in their Sunday best, on their best behavior, receiving the Bread of Life for the first time are signs of the love of God, present and active.
Let’s continue to pray that Jesus the Living Savior may be more and more revealed to us and to the world by the way we live and care for one another and all we meet.
Director of Liturgy and Music
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