“It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.” -St. Francis

Pastor’s Desk

FrAlbeen

THE MASTER NEEDS IT:

This is the important week in the Year of Worship; we call it HOLY WEEK. During it, we shall remember Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection, the crowning events in his life through which he saved us. This week ought to be for us a holy week indeed, a great week. Whether it will be so or not will depend on us. One thing is certain: at the end of this week, when Easter comes, none of us will be in his heart what he is today. We shall be either closer to Christ and happier in our Christian life, or further away from him and from peace. When however, his passion came, Peter and the rest of the apostles, Judas, the leaders, Joseph of Arimathea, Nicodemus, the crowds and the two thieves seemed to take their own direction resolutely. So much is going to depend for each one of us on the manner we celebrate this Holy Week!!—It should go a long way to prepare us for that last meeting with Christ when we die, and to make sure that we hear from him the consoling words: “today you will be with me in paradise!”  (Lk 23:24).

The Master needed a service from the owner of the donkey; he truly needs the service of each and everyone of us. He keeps on sending daily a variety of messages with the tag: “The Master needs it.” What can Jesus possibly need from us? The Spirit within us will make known to us the nature of his request. Often it might appear something of no consequence; most of the time his request will take the form of some service to him, but in the person of our neighbor. Yet however small, however apparently insignificant his request may be, one thing is certain: “the Master needs it”, nay “the Master needs us.” – Jesus needs our daily service. We can say “yes” to his request or we can turn it down, but the consequences of our “yes” or of our “no” will be ours. By rendering our service to him, we enable him to save us: by rejecting his request, we put a block to his love and prevent him from carrying out His work of salvation in us. Let us hasten to give him whatever he asks for and give it joyfully; you may be sure that no matter how quick and how generous “our giving” may be, we shall never manage to keep pace with his swiftness in rewarding us.

Fr. Albeen