Well, it was nice to use the extra “spare time” to pour myself into Novena, Formation, Men’s Weekend #38, and learning how to be an Altar Server at my Parish. (As a convert, that was not part of my grade school experience!) But I don’t want to live in the past. By the time you read this, “right now” will be “a few weeks ago.” So let’s look ahead . . .
That was my frame of mind . . . . until last night. I finally worked up the courage to watch Mel Gibson’s 2004 masterpiece, “The Passion of the Christ.” Watching a film last night, from 15 years ago, about a time 2000 years ago – how is that NOT living in the past? To put it simply, what Christ suffered 2000 years ago is “right now.” Jesus’ agony, from the Garden to the Cross, for my sake and yours, will never again, for me, be something long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away. The awesome love of our God for us is . . . right here and right now!
Jesus chose us by name, as he chose his apostles, to witness his love to those in our environments. Let’s learn how, to the best of our ability and to the depths of our souls. This is what the School of Leaders is all about – praying, learning, sharing (Piety! Study! Action!) on our journey together. Let’s share the beauty and the intensity of the Passion of our Lord as we walk together into the Easter Season and on to Pentecost, the Third Glorious Mystery.
Our School of Leaders is back on April 9, May 14, and June 11, 2019, at 7 p.m. in the Parish Center of St. Joseph’s Parish in Freeburg, IL. Please join your fellow Leaders!
Romans 1: 12: “What I mean is that both you and I will be helped at the same time, you by my faith and I by yours.”
De Colores and Peace!
John I Schaberg