“Hosanna in the highest”.
“He has been raised from the dead...”
The first of the above quotes is taken from St. Mark’s Gospel and is said by the people who had gathered around Jesus during His entrance into Jerusalem. The second quote is taken from St. Matthew’s Gospel and was proclaimed by the angel to the women who had come to the tomb on that first day of the week and proclaimed by them to the other disciples. In between these two quotes lays the great events of our Christian faith in which we proclaim the depth of God’s love for us as we recall Christ’s triumphant entrance into Jerusalem, His Last Supper with His disciples, His Passion and Death and His Resurrection.
During this coming week most Christian Churches will celebrate, in one fashion or another, these moments in Christ’s life. These celebrations are not just a memory of what happened to Christ, but a celebration of the great gift of salvation that is being shared with God’s entire creative work. These celebrations embrace God’s gifts of love, mercy, forgiveness, compassion, salvation, redemption, and the ultimate gift of Himself.
I encourage all believers to use this coming week as a time of renewed zeal in living this Christian faith that we share. In celebrating and witnessing to this faith, may we not only increase our own faith commitment but that others might see through us an invitation to come and know this living and loving God.
St. Paul tells us in his letter to the Philippians that every tongue should confess “...that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.” May we follow the example of those women, those disciples, those early witnesses who were filled with joy and sang the praises of the risen Lord. May we proclaim in word and deed that “Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia.”
May all of us share in a most blessed and joyous Holy Week and Easter.
Fr. Joseph Korf, pastor
Church of St. Michael, Motley Church of the Sacred Heart, Staples