My dear sisters and brothers, the last time the Church gathered was to enter into the celebration of the Lord’s Passion, yesterday, on Good Friday. Along with our brothers and sisters in faith all over the world, we left the church yesterday in silence. We had listened to the telling of Jesus’ suffering and death. In awe of its magnitude we went forward to touch the wood of the cross in veneration; as we touched the cross with our hands, in our hearts we adored Jesus who saved us by the total giving of himself, this perfect sacrifice offered to God. Jesus’ body was laid in the tomb and the darkness of night came upon us.
We gathered again tonight and began our worship surrounded by the darkness. I don’t know how this experience affects you, but when the last of the lights are put out in the church and total darkness immerses us, it is always makes me feel uneasy. We cannot see and so we lose our sense of being in control. The blackness hems us in and confines us in a way. We...Read More