Holy Week

03-24-2024Weekly ReflectionFr. Aruldoss

Dear People of God,

Good morning to you! First of all, I would like to bring to your kind notice that this year, the Easter Triduum will be held at our Immaculate conception in Fountain City. The schedule is as follows:

Holy Thursday - 6:00pm (Washing of feet and a short Eucharistic adoration)

Good Friday service - 1:00pm. (Veneration of the Cross by bowing or genuflecting or kissing or touching of the cross).

Holy Saturday Vigil - 8:30pm. If you would like to be a reader or Eucharistic Minister for these services, please a call to Debi Kujak, our Liturgical Animator at 608-484-0641.

Easter Sunday - 8:00am St. Lawrence, Alma. 10:00am - St. Boniface, Waumandee. You are most welcome.

Today we celebrate Palm Sunday — the beginning of our Holy Week. Our liturgy starts with the account of Jesus humbly entering Jerusalem riding a donkey.

The first and second readings of this Sunday are on the suffering and humility of Christ, the son of God. The first reading is from the book of Isaiah. It is the song of the suffering servant of God. In his letter to the Philippians, Paul also reminds of the humility and obedience of Christ, the servant of God: “…He emptied himself to assume the condition of a slave, and became as men are, he was humble even to accepting death on a cross.” Humbly, the servant of God accepted all his sufferings to save us. He offered and lost his life to secure victory for us. The most important lesson from all this is that the virtues of patience, humility, and obedience are fundamental in life.

In the gospel we hear how Jesus first celebrated the Passover, and then became the sacrificial lamb for us. Mark's narrative thrusts us into the heart of Jesus' mission, highlighting His deep compassion and unwavering dedication to humanity's redemption. Through these readings, we're invited to reflect on the profound paradoxes of Jesus' kingship and sacrifice, prompting a deeper engagement with the mystery of Easter. Let us ENTER into this Holy Week with true humility and trust. Let us enter into the New Jerusalem with Christ our King.

Have a happy and fruitful Holy Week!!