Sr. Carol’s Holy Week and Easter Message
As we celebrate this week we call holy, let us journey with Jesus through his passion. Accompany Jesus this week into the mystery of human suffering. Carry within your heart the suffering in our world today, especially the people of Syria and Belgium, the victims of human trafficking and modern day slavery and all victims of violence, abuse and oppression.
Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, notice how he remains true to who he is, notice how he continues to love and forgive and be merciful. “He did not die…to save or redeem us. His death was a consequence of his unconditional love for us.”
Those words, so true for Jesus, were also true for Oscar Romero. Romero, a Roman catholic priest, was martyred in El Salvador. Every Holy Week I watch the movie Romero and am inspired by one who was transformed by the pain and suffering of his people, one who allowed God’s grace to enter and transform him, one whose death was a consequence of his unconditional love for his people.
The prayer below was sent to us by Walter Fohs. It is often attributed to Archbishop Oscar Romero, but it was actually written by Bishop Ken Untener. No matter who wrote it, the message is one that Oscar Romero lived and that we are all called to live. Let us continue to do our part and let God’s grace enter and do the rest.
Prophets of a Future Not Our Own
We accomplish in our lifetimes only a
tiny fraction of the magnificent
enterprise that is God’s work.
Nothing we do is complete . . .
But it is a beginning, a step along the way,
an opportunity for God’s Grace to enter . .
We are prophets of a future not our own.
Easter Blessings from All of Us at the House of Prayer “The dynamism of the Easter mystery is at the heart of our Christian faith. True encounter with Christ liberates something in us, a power that we did not know we had, a hope, a capacity for life, resilience, an ability to bounce back when we thought we were completely defeated, a capacity to grow and change, a power of creative transformation... the dynamism of Love. Love comes out of God and gathers us to God in order to pour itself back into God through all of us... we all become doors and windows through which God shines...”
May this Easter season deepen our awareness of God's Love shining through us. May the power of that Dynamic Love transform our attitudes, our actions and our world.
Wishing you a joyful, hope-filled Easter.