Posts Tagged ‘Passover’

Tenderness and Love

Monday, March 25th, 2013

It feels great to be back home! I would like to share with you my article on Holy Week and Passover that was recently published in the New York Daily News.

Here is an excerpt:

This upcoming week we will see both brutality and tender love in our churches and synagogues.

Our Jewish neighbors observe Passover, as they reverently recall how the Lord rescued them from brutal slavery in Egypt, and led them, with tender love, to freedom in the Promised Land.

We Christians, during Holy Week, somberly and prayerfully relive the brutal betrayal, torture, passion, Crucifixion and death of Jesus, and then, next Sunday, Easter, will rejoice that God Our Father’s tender love rescues Him from death and raises Him to a glorious new life, a life He wants to share with us.

You can read all of it here.

It’s All About Passing Over!

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

In my recent Catholic New York column, I wrote about the meaning of Easter and how it is important to pass over to a renewed life!

Here is an excerpt:

So, the pivotal question each Holy Week is: will I simply look at Good Friday and Easter Sunday and say, “How nice! Let’s dye eggs, buy candy, get new shoes and a hat?” Or, will I unite with Our Lord in passing over from spiritual death—sin—to new life—grace—with Him?

Holy Saturday night, the Easter Vigil, will find thousands of people, our catechumens and candidates, passing over into the new life of Christ, in His Church, through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, and through their profession of faith.

Last Monday, early estimates say perhaps 40,000 people passed over from sin to mercy as they accepted the invitation of Reconciliation Monday and made a good confession.

Last week, as I visited Taconic Prison, I met a woman to be released from incarceration on Good Friday, now sober, with a GED, a revived faith, and a reformed attitude on life, ready to pass over from prison to freedom.

Good examples. Now, what about us? What about our lives?

Will we remain in the darkness, sin, and slavery of Egypt or pass over to the Promised Land?

You can read my whole column here.