Fr. Stan’s Article

Do you love a parade?  I often look back at the many parades I’ve watched or even participated in and remember the excitement and wonder that they generated. Marching proudly past friends and spectators creates a sense of purpose and determination. Cheering and waving with the bystanders creates a feeling of community and oneness.  Human beings are made for others; we all want to be part of something greater than ourselves.  People coming together create power for both good and evil.

On this Palm Sunday of Lent our scriptures show us Jesus surrounded by crowds of people.  On His entry into Jerusalem we see them waving palm branches and crying out “Hosanna;” in front of the temple they listen attentively to Jesus’ teaching; before Pilate they demand His death; and on the way to Golgotha they laugh and scoff at Him. Can people really be so fickle? Are we?  I’ve often been puzzled by this change in attitude toward Jesus and wondered about the catalyst that turned an adoring crowd into an angry mob. I suppose the fact that we’re pliable is both good news and bad news. We can be swayed and we can change. As Pope Francis once said “every Saint had a past and every sinner has a future.” But we have to pay attention to the choices we’re making and the people we’re following. I hope Jesus is our way.

This Holy Week the Church invites us to walk in the footsteps of our Lord and Savior. The Gospels describe people who followed Him willingly, those who came with hesitation, and even those like Simon of Cyrene, the “good thief” or the Roman centurion who came upon His path by chance. Regardless of the circumstances, their walk with Jesus transformed their values, attitudes, and lives. Jesus desires to create us anew, to be born again, to become His faithful missionary disciples. He wants us to proclaim the good news of God’s love and mercy. He calls us to imitate His care and concern for others and all creation. Holy Week contains Jesus’ glorious entrance into Jerusalem, the scandal of His arrest, torture, conviction and crucifixion, and finally His victory over death through His Resurrection. Let Him accompany us and transform our journey through life.

Please be attentive to the Mass schedule for next weekend. Mass on Saturday will be celebrated at 8:00 PM while Masses on Easter Sunday are at 8:30 AM, 11:00 AM in Church and 11:15 AM in the gym. Please see the schedule for additional services and activities this week. Our Lenten Journey is coming to an end; come and celebrate Jesus’ walk with us.

I’d like to remind you that our Lenten offering for this year is directed to Mary’s Mantle. Envelopes and information are available in the Narthex. Our blood drive continues this weekend at Holy Family School and walk-ins are welcome. Our Made for More campaign is ongoing as we ask you to take the survey to discover or affirm the spiritual gifts with which you have been blessed. Take a selfie with a card declaring your gift(s) and post it on social media. “Made for More Part Two” is coming in May.

Lenten peace and joy,

Fr. Stan Ulman