READINGOld Testament: Jeremiah 1:1-10
Psalms: Psalms 24, 29
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 3:11-23
Gospel: Mark 3:31-4:9
Evening Psalms: Psalms 8, 84
“Give unto the Lord, O ye Mighty, give unto the Lord Glory and Strength. Give unto the Lord the Glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of Holiness.” (Psalms 29: 1-2)As a young child, my favorite time of year was not Christmas but Lent and Easter. Unlike today, we didn’t have “Spring Break.” We had “Holy Week.” I attended Catholic School, and we were out of school the entire week. I was so excited! This meant I got to spend the whole week with my “Nana and Pap Pap.” I have four brothers and sisters, so this was my special time to be spoiled like an only child! Now this wasn’t my favorite time of year just because I got spoiled (well maybe a little), this was my favorite time of year because I actively learned about our family traditions.
Part of those traditions included going to Mass on Holy Thursday, to wash the feet of Jesus, and going to church on Good Friday, to thank God for giving us his only Son and to thank Jesus for dying for us so that we could be saved. On Holy Saturday, we went to church to ask for forgiveness for all our sins, to have our Easter baskets blessed, and to ask for a blessing on our family. Then, of course, on Easter Sunday we went to Mass to praise God, to sing to His glory, and to celebrate the Resurrection. After church, our whole family would gather and celebrate and eat the best Polish food ever!!!
As a child, I learned how to love God and worship our Lord from my “Nana,” all the while thinking I was there to have fun. What a wise woman.
Dear Heavenly Father, we thank you so much for this wonderful and glorious day. We thank you for all of the people in our lives that have made us into the people we are today. We ask that you bless our loved ones who are still with us and ask that you shine your light perpetual on those who are not. We thank you for all of our family traditions that we have to share with the people in our lives. Father, guide us through these days as we look forward to celebrate the Resurrection of your son, Jesus Christ.