It is good to be able to greet you this weekend with the Newsletter and Readings for Holy Mass on Palm Sunday. Please do be aware of both the times and venues of our Holy Week Liturgies, and very specially that our Easter Vigil will be at Holy Spirit, but at 6.30 p.m. and not the usual time.
May the week ahead be enriching for each of us as we make our annual journey with Jesus through the events of that first Holy week; walking on, until we eventually come to the garden of resurrection on Easter Day.
Be assured of a continued daily remembrance in prayer, kindest thought and affection.
As ever, Fr. Nicholas
A Holy Week Reflection:
Your disciple Peter wanted to know who would betray you. You pointed to Judas but a little later also to him. Judas betrayed, Peter denied you. Judas hanged himself, Peter became the apostle whom you made the first among equals. Lord, give me faith, faith in your endless mercy, your boundless forgiveness, your unfathomable goodness. Let me not be tempted to think that my sins are too great to be forgiven, too abominable to be touched by your mercy. Let me never run away from you but return to you again and again, asking you to be my Lord, my Shepherd, my Stronghold, and my Refuge. Take me under your wing, O Lord, and let me know that you do not reject me as long as I keep asking you to forgive me. Perhaps my doubt in your forgiveness is a greater sin than the sins I consider too great to be forgiven. Perhaps I make myself too important, too great when I think that I cannot be embraced by you anymore. Lord, look at me, accept my prayer as you accepted Peter’s prayer, and let me not run away from you in the night as Judas did.
Bless me, Lord, in this Holy Week, and give me the grace to know your loving presence more intimately. Amen. (Henri Nouwen)