Alleluia is Our Song

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Alleluia! We haven’t heard that word for a while—in fact, a little over six weeks. Alleluia is the word we ring out again at Easter. Alleluia means “Praise the Lord!” And, at Easter we praise our God for the greatest event that has taken place in all of creation—Jesus has been raised from the dead.

If the Resurrection of Jesus never happened we would not be here—in Holy Cross parish, in the Catholic Church, in a Catholic school. EVERYTHING we are about in our faith hinges on and is because of the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

The resurrection of Jesus is without question the most pivotal truth to the Christian faith. St. Paul makes it clear in 1 Corinthians 15:16. He says: “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile.”

Paul was writing to people who refused to believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus. It seems that they still wanted to follow and adhere to his teachings, but stopped short in their belief that he defeated death! Paul was logically helping them to understand that Jesus is more than a moral teacher whose teachings lead to a full and balanced life. He is much more that a moral influence!

Paul’s point is that life continues! It does not end with your final heartbeat and breath! It didn’t end for Jesus and it doesn’t end for anyone! For if we believe in Jesus and His Resurrection and accept Him into our lives, we will share in His Resurrection. The difference is that Jesus came back! He went to the other side and has returned to tell us that for all people who receive His forgiveness all is well, on the other side of your last heartbeat!

The first law of thermodynamics says that no mass or energy is ever destroyed, that it merely changes form. When a piece of wood is burned, it is not gone. Some of it becomes heat; some deteriorates into the ashes. But it is not destroyed—it just changes. When a lake dries up, the water is gone. It has evaporated into the air, only to fall to earth again someday.

Now, if we can see this all around us in the physical world, why is it so hard to conceive of it in the spiritual world? Harry Emerson Fosdick said, “Can it be that God is the most unscrupulous waster in the universe making great personalities, only to throw them utterly away?” If we can see it easily in nature, why can’t we see it easily in the sphere of faith? When we can, then we too can have the same confidence that the apostle Paul had when he said, “We shall all be changed.”

For the promise of eternal life, and making it happen through the Resurrection of Jesus, we praise the Lord! And, we sing Alleluia! Jesus is risen!

Fr. Dave

 

Regulations For Lent and Easter Triduum

The regulations for Lent and Easter Triduum follow:

 Lent is the principal season of penance in the Christian Year. Priests, religious and laity are strongly urged to develop and follow a program of voluntary self-denial, attentiveness to prayer, and especially to works of charity and mercy.

 Everyone 14 years of age or over is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, February 18, 2015 and all the Fridays of Lent.

 Everyone 18 years of age and under 59 years of age is bound to fast on Ash Wednesday, February 18, 2015, and Good Friday, April 3, 2015.

 On these two days of fast and abstinence, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, only one full meatless meal is allowed. Two other meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted on these two days, but liquids including milk and fruit juices are allowed. When health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige.

 To disregard completely the law of fast and abstinence is a serious matter.

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