by Rev. Michael Lastiri Director, Office of Worship, Diocese of Fresno
These sacred days are moments of faith. These days we move with the mystery of the human Jesus in his personal journey to complete on earth, the mission of sanctification and unification of God’s people.
During Lent we have reflected on our sins. We have prayed fervently to change our hearts and minds so as to reflect the heart and mind of Jesus. We have questioned our personal response to the suffering in the world. We have taken time, particularly this year to pray for a retiring Pope, and to pray with great earnest for a new leader to carry the Church into the future. We have been reminded in the press that we are a sinful people, always in need of reconciliation, and that all levels of the Church, from cardinals to bishops, to priests and the laity, there is much to be done to turn to justice. Jesus simply walked, prayed, cured, forgave, and suffered. It was his lot, but it is our lot. His humility is to be our humility.