Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,
The joy of new life came early this year with the wonderful March weather. Let this time of joy and the gift of new life blossoming all around us be the sign of New Life that comes with the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead.
I saw the joy of new life in the faces of eleven of our young people who celebrated their 1st Reconciliation on Wednesday, March 28. They celebrated being found and forgiven by Jesus, the Good Shepherd.
We have celebrated the days of Holy Week from the joyful entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and the waving of palm branches and shouts of “Hosanna” that quickly became “Crucify Him” in the reading of the Passion. We held those palms as signs of our sometimes fickled hearts.
On Holy Thursday, we gathere for the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. We recognize the great gift of the Eucharist that Jesus celebrated for the first time with his disciples. We rejoice that we can share in that real presence of the body and blood of Jesus every time we come to the Eucharist. At the same Mass, we are reminded, when feet are washed, that Jesus challenged us to be servants as he was a servant. As He who was the master had done, we are to do as well. We are to find ways in our daily lives to become the servant of those around us. We are to look for and act on those opportunities as Jesus did. When we do, we are serving Jesus himself.
On Good Friday, we joined in the Passion of Jesus according to John. We saw John’s focus on the divinity of Jesus as well as his humanity in his suffering and death. We took a moment to adore and touch the cross as our recognition of the reality of Jesus dying for us so that we could be forgiven and know God’s Mercy.
All of these events of Holy Week are one prolonged moment that leads us to the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday when Jesus rises from the certain and very real death on the cross. With that resurrection, we too can come to share in eternal resurrection life with Jesus the risen Lord. We have much to celebrate. This Easter Vigil, we welcomed 5 candidates for full communion in the Catholic Church. Congratulations to Steve Crann, Denelle Hogan, Jon Utterback, Daniel Varnum, and Austin Yarolim. Be sure to welcome them when you next meet them.
Welcome to all our family and guests who have joined us this Easter. We are so glad that you have come to celebrate the Joy of the Risen Lord with us. If you are new in our community, we would be very happy to have you consider becoming a part of St. Luke the Evangelist Parish. New Member packets are available at the entrances of the church or you can find them on our website, here.
May all of you be filled with the New Life of the Risen Lord.
Fr. Larry Hoffmann