Again, through the creativity and teamwork of the St. Paul community, we have the opportunity to worship together. Today our school community has a special schedule specifically for our student body and family to be able to watch Mass celebrated by Father Hector in our very own Father O’Brien chapel.
Like Father Hector, our faithful priests continue to celebrate Mass in our parishes—
. When Mass is not available in the usual way, how important it us for us to take advantage of the many resources, live streaming and recordings that are available for us to join in the celebration of the Eucharist.
This week I had a conversation with my students about the reality that this Easter may not be as we would want it. Like Jesus, we are stripped of our families, we are stripped of being able to worship together, we are stripped of our favorite traditions. But how can we make this Easter a celebration of joy during the hardship?
Make a Plan
I asked my students to facilitate a conversation with their families and talk about how to celebrate the Easter Triduum (the Last Supper, Jesus’ Passion and Death, and the Resurrection) in a new and meaningful way. Just as they make their skits creative and lively, how could they live the mystery of the Easter Triduum from their own homes?
As I explained to my students, God does not force his love. He would never barge into our homes uninvited. He is present and He is there, but He waits for our invitation.
So, invite God into your home. Make Him a part of your Easter plan. He wants to be a part of your cultures and your traditions. Yes, He wants to enter into your homes, but into your hearts as well.
Yes, this will be a very different Easter, indeed, but let us make it a joyous one where we welcome the Risen Lord, who conquers isolation, loneliness, viruses—and even death itself. When we celebrate from our homes this weekend, may our prayer and desire for Christ be intensified so that when this is all over, we may be transformed and walk out of the tomb and into the joy of Resurrection.