Weekly Reflections for May 14, 2023

“Easter Every Sunday”

 On Easter, we celebrate Jesus’s conquering of sin and death by His own passion and death. Every Sunday at Mass, we commemorate the Lord’s Last Supper, when the priest in persona Christi (in the person of Christ), transforms simple bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ.  In our Memorial Acclamation, we profess, “Through His death and Resurrection The Lord has set us free until He comes again.”

Each Sunday, we begin a new life in Christ. Sundays are a mini-Easter all year round. If you look at the calendar during Lent and count the days including Sundays, there are more than forty days. That is because  Sundays are not part of the Lenten season.  On this most special day of the week, we remember Christ’s victory over sin and death; it is the new dawn and new creation (2 Cor 5:17). On that day we look with hope to the last day when all things will be made new (Rev 21:5). The congregation sings the psalm on Easter Sunday,” This is the day which the Lord has made: let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

 Why do we celebrate and go to Mass every Sunday? Because Christ commanded us to gather and celebrate in memory of Him. However, too often we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter, only to allow our other Sundays to become ordinary. The very Mass we attend as a community becomes routine.

Since we were young, we have been told that we should go to Mass every Sunday. Yet, ask yourself, and reflect upon your answer, “ Why do you go to Mass?” Most  Catholics no longer feel the same pressure to attend Sunday Mass as their parents or grandparents. As for myself, I enjoy the community aspect of praying and singing together each Sunday. It is a time when I gather with others of my faith to worship the Lord in the Word and Eucharist. I go to church on Sunday Jesus loves me and I love Him and want to serve him. That is why I go to Church. 

 Do we keep it as the Lord’s Day or has it become just another day? No different than Saturday? Do you set it aside to worship the Lord and Rest?

If we treat every Sunday as a mini-Easter; a joyous time where we gather to worship and love the same God!  Let us experience the joy of Easter every Sunday.

– Patrick Blasdell

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