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March 17, 2024

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This weekend we begin the immediate preparation for the most important days for us as Christians. Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday are the cornerstones of our faith. Yes, Christmas is important, but if Jesus had not died and risen from the dead, Jesus would have just been part of a long line of prophets.

Next weekend we celebrate Palm Sunday with Jesus’ triumphant entrance into Jerusalem. The people will be laying palm branches down in front of him and shouting “Hosanna to the Son of David!” and “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” (the Holy, Holy, Holy that we sing at Mass has its origins in this part of the bible).

However, in just a few days, the same people who were thrilled that Jesus was in Jerusalem will be shouting, “Crucify him, Crucify him!”. It might be easy for us to stand back and criticize their lack of faith or the way in which they easily are manipulated. However, it is a call for us to reflect on our own lives. How boldly do we proclaim our faith? Do we share with others that we are Catholic? Do we invite others to join us for Mass or a bible study or to join us in serving the less fortunate? Do we, with love, clearly articulate the teachings of the Church and why it is that we believe what we believe? Do we model keeping the sabbath holy? Do we offer to pray with people when they tell us they are having a difficult time? This week, let us remain faithful to Christ, to proclaim our faith and invite others to come to know the love of Christ.


In Christ,

Bishop Tim Freyer

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