So there we have it!!
THE LITURGICAL YEAR
Easter is the PREEMINENT FEAST
Easter is THE SOURCE OF EVERYTHING
Because of what Jesus did on the Cross for us, dying, and Rising from the Dead for us is THE SOURCE OF EVERYTHING
Paragraph 1169 says, “Therefore Easter is not simply one feast among others, but the ‘Feast of feasts, the ‘Solemnity of solemnities,’ just as the Eucharist is the ‘Sacrament of sacraments’ (the Great Sacrament).”
All other Sacraments are sacraments of Christ’s ACTIONS
The Eucharist is not only Christ’s action, it is CHRIST HIMSELF
THAT IS A VERY IMPORTANT THING!!
Easter is the HEART OF EVERYTHING
Because what Jesus did on the Cross is the HEART OF EVERYTHING
Paragraph 1170 says, “At the Council of Nicaea in 325, all the Churches agreed that Easter, the Christian Passover, should be celebrated on the Sunday following the first full moon (14 Nisan) after the vernal equinox. Because of different methods of calculating the 14th day of the month of Nisan, the date of Easter in the Western and Eastern Churches is not always the same. For this reason, the Churches are currently seeking an agreement in order once again to celebrate the day of the Lord’s Resurrection on a common date.”
There were various rites that sprung up as Christianity spread that developed locally
They had different dates for different celebrations
So all those various Churches agreed that the Easter would be celebrated around the time of the Jewish Passover
We also have other major feasts over the course of the year
Especially commemorating the Incarnation
We have The Feast of the Annunciation of the Angel Gabriel to Mary 9 months before Christmas
We also have Christmas
We have Epiphany when God revealed to the world through the Magi coming to visit the Holy Family
We also have THE SANCTORAL IN THE LITURGICAL YEAR
These are the feasts commemorating the Blessed Virgin Mary, for whom the Church has a SPECIAL LOVE
Also for the Saints and Martyrs
Not only because we have a special love for Mary
SHE IS THE MODEL!!
Her life of faith and her YES to the Lord is UNPARALLELED
The Church presents us with her and reminds us of her so that we can see that is the disciple we are all called to be like
Also to be reminded of the martyrs and Saints who are OUR FAMILY
WE HAVE A FAMILY!!
August 4 is the Feast Day of St. John Gianni
October 4 is the Feast Day of St. Thérèse of Lisieux
We are called to see how the Lord has worked in those peoples’ lives
God has taken ORDINARY people and made them EXTRAORDINARY
God has taken BROKEN people like us and made them SAINTS
So how can God take YOU and make YOU a Saint?
How can God transform our hesitant YES and make them a PERMANENT YES
A YES where we always come to the Lord and say, “Thy Will be done.”
That is one of the reasons the Church gives us the Liturgical Year
We celebrate Easter at the center and also these feasts of the Saints and Our Lady
THAT IS WHERE WE BELONG!!
We belong in the pantheon of Saints
God has made us TO BE SAINTS
God has redeemed us to be NOTHING LESS THAN A SAINT OF GOD WHO GIVES HIM GLORY FOR ALL ETERNITY
We can start that RIGHT NOW
GIVE HIM GLORY TODAY!!
Fr. Mike is praying FOR YOU!!
Please pray for Fr. Mike and for each other!!
I cannot WAIT to see you tomorrow!!