Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,
During this last week, we have celebrated the Triduum, the three holiest days of the Church year. We gathered on Thursday evening for the celebration of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. We remembered that night was when Jesus instituted the Eucharist. He showed that we were to be of service as he washed the feet of the apostles. He invited us all to share the Eucharist and to serve as he served.
On Good Friday, we joined in the reading of the Passion of Jesus according to John. We saw that Jesus was very much in control of the situation, that he was willing to sacrifice his life for the salvation of us all and the forgiveness of our sins. Even in the conversation with Pontius Pilate, Jesus did not try to escape the unjust trial. He was yielding to the plan of God the Father. Crucifixion left no doubt that Jesus truly died. He was buried and his tomb was sealed and guarded.
With the Easter Vigil, we celebrated the dawning of Jesus the light, the glory of the resurrection. We celebrated the blessing of the Easter fire and the lighting of the Paschal Candle. The Light of Christ came into the Church and from that light, everyone’s candle was lighted. The Light of Christ touched every corner of the darkened church. We rejoiced as the “Exultet” was sung. Christ is alive! Christ is Risen!
We continued celebrating the Liturgy of the Word in the Easter Vigil, listening to the Scriptures tell of how the plan of God for our salvation unfolded through the centuries, up and including the Resurrection of Jesus.
Following the Liturgy of the Word, we celebrated the Sacraments of Initiation for Tom Bartlett, Courtney Huber, Brandan Birk, Sabrina Cogdill and Kelli Enos. Baptism, Confirmation and 1st Eucharist touched their lives.
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That brings us to this morning and our Celebration of Easter Sunday. All the events of the Three Holiest Days are brought to this morning. The plan of God for our salvation has come to this moment. Jesus Christ who became human through his Mother Mary, who was also the Father’s Divine Son, has lived, presented the good news, suffered, died and now has risen. By all of this, God’s love has touched our world. We can know God’s Mercy in our lives. We can be forgiven of our sins. We can share the gift of eternal life that has come to us through the Resurrection of Jesus.
We have every reason to be filled with joy this morning! May we let the joy of this day touch us, our families, our gatherings this day. May that joy and the goodness and love of our God for us, remain within us always.
On Saturday April 2 8:30-11:30, members of St. Luke’s Councils, Teams and Committees will meet to do a Visioning Exercise. We will bring our direction, goals and hopes for the short term and for the next five years. May our Vision “We Worship. We Teach. We Care” move into deeper reality in our near future. Keep this process in your prayers.
Have a blessed and joyous celebration of Easter!
Fr. Larry Hoffmann