Dear St. Martin’s Parishioners,

The Church presents us with a definite theme in its selection of readings from last Sunday and this Sunday. We heard St. Paul’s words last Sunday, “Whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold new things have come.” This Sunday’s first reading from Isaiah reads, “Remember not the events of the past . . . see, I am doing something new.” Finally, St. Paul adds in the second reading, “I consider everything as a loss because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” The Church through its selection of these readings isn’t asking us to forget the sinful aspects of our past as a sort of mental trick; rather, we are invited to have Christ redeem our past. In redeeming our past, the guilt of our sins is blotted out, freeing us to live in the present moment, which is infused with Christ’s presence. There is a beautiful scene in the Passion of the Christ where Jesus, weighed down with the cross, turns towards his mother and says, “Behold, I make all things new.”

As we enter into these powerful final weeks of Lent, how is Christ inviting you to leave behind your past by entrusting it to his mercy? How is he inviting you to experience the newness of life lived in him? The author of Ecclesiastes states, “Vanity of vanity! All is vanity . . . there is nothing new under the sun.” Yet, there is something new that the Old Testament author couldn’t have perceived: Christ, and his victory over sin and death. He is the newness for which we long and patiently await in these last days of Lent.

The passageway to new life is through Divine Mercy. I urge you to come to confession in these last weeks of Lent receive the mercy that makes all things new.

Jumpstart your Holy Week by walking the Way of the Cross through our Living Stations. On Saturday, April 9 from 12:30p-3pm we invite you to come to Fr. Meyer Field, where different groups from the parish will present each of the 14 stations depicting Christ’s final hours that redeemed humanity. We will conclude the Stations with an outdoor area of Eucharistic adoration. Parking will be available on the Field.

In Christ,

Fr. Dave


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