Pastor's Letter - April 7, 2019

Today’s Gospel recounts an incident in the Lord’s life which expresses a fundamental theme of Lent. This story of the woman caught in adultery was so startling to some of the early copyists of the Bible that some of them did not include it when they recorded the Gospel of John! How - they wondered - could Jesus so lightly excuse this grievous sin? But He did not lightly excuse the sin. He forgave the person who committed it! Then He exhorted the woman not to commit this sin again. The Lord’s mercy is always directed towards our salvation. He forgives us our sins, and desires that we not simply return to them but repent from them. Lent affords us the opportunity to appreciate more deeply this mystery of God’s mercy. Through our Lenten disciplines (prayer, fasting, and almsgiving), and through a “turning away from sin,” we open ourselves up to receive God’s mercy. Have you been making good spiritual use of this Lent? We are on the home stretch now. It’s time to make our sprint to Easter!

Next week starting with Palm Sunday, we begin Holy Week. The end towards which we are running is, of course, the celebration of the greatest mystery of our faith: the commemoration of the suffering, death, and resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Plan now to participate in the whole Sacred Triduum: Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday (7:00pm), Passion Service on Good Friday (12:30pm), and the most important celebration of the entire year, the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday (8:30pm). Finally, while the Vigil does fulfill your Easter Sunday obligation, I also encourage you to attend Mass on Easter morning (10:00am) for a truly rich and complete celebration.

As I write this, the work on our new organ is proceeding quickly. If all goes as planned, we will hear it played for the first time on Holy Thursday! Another good reason to attend all the Sacred Triduum Liturgies!!

May God bless you! Fr. Schaller