Each year lilac branches are brought in to watch the leaves come forth ahead of those outside in the snow. This year with the unseasonal warmth and the late Easter... Mother nature assisted the leaves already budded out and ready to open today! I would put my tree in front of the woodstove in my farmhouse... now it seems the patio door is the only spot. With the added light I might even get some lilacs in the house this year! I realized that in the crazy move last year that no Easter Cross and butterfly was made, so it might have to appear a year late. I am also waiting for our time with Hallel to make them for this year.
"Holy Week is the time of our great Passover: the passage from darkness to light, from sadness to joy, from time to eternity, from death to life. And so we are drawn to the Cross and the Cross is offered to us, in this and in every Eucharist. The Eucharist is the place and the means and the price of our Passover for the Eucharist is the Church held in the embrace of the Cross."
Yes, we are filled with so much as we began Holy Week yesterday! The plans are in full swing for us to travel to Kansas City not only to see our Little Sister Hallel and get real hugs for the first time in 2 years, but for Maria and her 5 to see Captain Joseph as he flies in from Virginia on Friday night! Their family will all be together for the first time in 3 months!
The Gospel today is such a rich and beautiful scene as Jesus is adored and honored by Mary, as she anoints his feet with costly ointment and dries them with her hair!
How we long to join her at the feet of our Jesus in gratitude for all that he did for us as the spotless Lamb of God sacrificed on the Cross!
More powerful words from Dom Kirby today;