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Jesus Remember Me
Our Lenten journey of conversion has brought us to the holiest week of the Church year. With palm branches in hand we enter the holy city of Jerusalem, proclaiming, "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord." From this grand entrance into the city, we follow the Lord Jesus as he shares his last meal with his disciples, institutes the Eucharist, is arrested, betrayed, and killed. Each year this celebration of Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion plunges us into the saving mystery of Christ's death and resurrection. The Lord's forgiveness of the repentant thief reminds us that reconciliation awaits those who put their faith in Christ. Let the repentant thief's words become our own this day: "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom" (Luke 23:42).  (c) Copyright, J. S. Paluch Co.

HOLY WEEK AND THE PASCHAL TRIDUUM
Sunday, March 28 - Sunday, April 4, 2010
"The days of Jesus' life-giving death and glorious resurrection are approaching, the hour he triumphed over Satan's pride, the time we celebrate the great event of our redemption" (Preface of the Lord's Passion II, Sacramentary). Thus the Church begins the one week of the year that we formally designate as "Holy." Simple rituals can link the domestic church to parish church and Church universal. Enthrone Sunday's palms where you pray, behind the family crucifix, even as part of front door decorations: "Christ reigns here," they proclaim; "all are welcome!" During the first three days of Holy Week, ready Easter clothes, prepare festal foods, clean the house, beautify the yard. Late Holy Thursday afternoon, share Lent's final meal before the Lord's Supper Mass. Pitcher, bowl, and towel make a fitting centerpiece; perhaps conclude the meal by washing each other's feet. On Good Friday, observe the paschal fast from food--from TV and computer, too! Then come to Holy Saturday's Vigil with mind clear, stomach empty, and heart full of  "holy anticipation" that bursts into living flame when the new fire is kindled.
 
The Sacred Triduum
Lent ends at sunset on Wednesday, March 31. We then begin the Triduum, a word meaning “3 days in one.” The liturgies celebrate the most profound mysteries of the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
 
On Thursday, the only Mass celebrated in the Diocese is in St. Paul Cathedral where the bishop gathers with all his priests. All the ordained renew their commitment of service and the oils used during the year are blessed. Every parish sends representatives to the Chrism Mass to receive the oils. We are looking for anyone from the parish who would like to represent St. James. If you would like to do this, please call the rectory at (412)741-6650, extension 310 to let us know.
 
These oils will be brought forward at the evening Mass of the Lord’s Last Supper at our parish. During this mass we also wash feet in obedience to Christ’s command to follow his example. All parishioner’s are invited to fully participate in that ceremony by having their feet washed.
 
Something New
"See, I am doing something new!" (Isaiah 43:19).
All during this Lenten season, the scriptures have revealed the truth of these words, proclaimed in today's first reading from the prophet Isaiah. We have heard about a bush in the desert aflame but not consumed. We have listened to a parable about a father, the depth of whose love for his prodigal son was almost inconceivable. Today, instead of condemning a woman caught in the act of adultery and joining in stoning her to death, the Lord Jesus sends her on her way, away from what would have been certain death, admonishing her to sin no more. Indeed, God has been doing something new in our midst. Even when we are trapped in sin, with no perceivable way out, we are offered forgiveness when we turn to the Lord with repentant hearts. Let us remember that God has done something new in the heart of each of us.
(c) Copyright, J. S. Paluch Co.

 
The Heart of Conversion
Today's scriptures bring us to the heart of the meaning of the Christian journey of conversion. Saint Paul sums it up beautifully: "Whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away" (2 Corinthians 5:17). The Gospel passage, the parable of the prodigal son, shows us just what this new creation is like. It is all about reconciliation. Just as God removes the yoke of slavery from the shoulders of the Israelites--see today's first reading--so, too, does the father in the Gospel remove the yoke of guilt and shame from the shoulders of his wayward son. That son first needed to turn away from his sin and seek out and ask forgiveness of his father. That is precisely what we have been doing during this season of repentance. We can only begin to imagine the kind of reconciliation feast that awaits us when we are embraced by our forgiving God.
(c) Copyright, J. S. Paluch Co.
 
The Mysterious One
Last Sunday we gathered with Peter, John, and James at the mountain of Transfiguration and were summoned to listen to God's chosen Son. This week the scriptures draw us into the mystery of just who that God is. The first reading, perhaps one of the best known in the Bible, recounts the story of Moses and the burning bush, when the mysterious divine name is revealed. The responsorial psalm is a hymn extolling the attributes of God. Saint Paul and the Lord Jesus describe a God who judges and metes out punishment. No matter the lengths to which the scriptures go, we know that no amount of words will ever come close to capturing who God is. Our lives and our Lents are really journeys toward that mysterious One who will one day welcome us into the heavenly home that awaits those who put their trust in God alone.
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