From the desk of Fr. Steve/Del escritorio del p. Steve
This week we prepare for a third Sunday of Lent, in the Gospel we hear The famous passage of Jesus over turning the money changers in the Temple. Often our attention is drawn just to his “flipping of the tables“ and instead his prophetic message that: “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.” It’s important for us right now during these days to have our eyes set on the future that is to come: here on earth the celebration of Easter and in eternity the gift of our own resurrection from the dead.
—last 7 Words of Christ--
During the weeks of Lent I continue to preach a Lenten series on the last seven words of Jesus from the cross. Last week I preached on the words of the Good Thief and Jesus’ reply. This week I preach on our Blessed Mother being at the foot of the cross and Jesus‘ words to her and St. John: “Woman behold your son, son behold your Mother.”
Why does Jesus call His own Mother “woman”? Isn’t that derogatory? If we know our scriptures, and we should, there are three other major events where the title “woman” is used with importance. First, in the Garden of Eden after the fall where God declares that the seed of the Woman would crush the ancient foe; next at the Wedding feast of Cana where Jesus says to Our Lady: “ woman, what concern is this of mine, my hour has not yet come?” And lastly in Revelation where in Saint John’s vision of the last days where the woman is closed with the sun and goes to battle for her children against the vanquished serpent.
We see from the very beginning of the fall God had his Divine Plan to redeem His children through the Blood of Jesus brought about by the yes of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She is the Ark of the New Covenant, she is the New Eve, she is our Mother! When Jesus gives our lady to St. John he is giving Her to all of us as our Mother!
—Mass for St. Joseph--
This year the Holy Father, Pope Francis, instituted a year dedicated to St. Joseph. For millennia Holy Mother Church has dedicated different years for different holy topics. i.e. most recently the year of faith in 2013. St. Joseph is such a great figure for all of us in our daily lives. He is the patron saint of men, of families, and the Church as a whole.
The Feast of Saint Joseph is on March 19, this year it falls on a Friday. Fr. Chris will have a Mass on that evening in Spanish at Francis-St. Maximilian and I will have one at 7pm at St. Mary Mystical Rose. This will truly be a beautiful way not only to celebrate the feast day of Saint Joseph in the year dedicated to him but also for us during the Lenten season to have more opportunities to go to Holy Mass.