Message From Father Anthony

 

Father Anthony's Daily Message ~ April 8th, 2020

 

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Good to have this moment, yet again, to touch base with you during this Holy Week! It is Wednesday of Holy Week, which means that in a few hours we shall be entering into The sacred Paschal Triduum! The celebration of the Sacred mysteries of our faith!

The Gospel reading for today is a continuation of yesterday. It is the betrayal of Judas Iscariot - and to the chief priests he said ,"What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?" Really! Is this how far we have come? Yes! I want us to remember that evil had entered the heart of Judas and he couldn't resist it and this where it has led him.

The questions that come to my mind are, "Have I ever betrayed anyone or even myself?" Has anyone ever betrayed me? If the answer is yes to any of the questions, then it is not a good thing! In many cases, the people who betray us are those who know us very well and they take advantage of that knowledge at our expense and cause damage. But the good side of this is that it is at that moment of truth that the very true character of such people comes out. Jesus had to bear all this and this betrayal did not become a destruction from his mission to save us. In the midst of this betrayal, the innocent ones were exonerated and the betrayer was abandoned and cursed! Jesus said, "Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me." It wasn't everyone present, but it was to that "ONE" who these words of Jesus go out to"... The Son of Man indeed goes, as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed."

Today, we are given a chance to choose who we are and where we fall. It is a moment of separation from the innocent ones and the betrayers! The big questions to each one of us are, "Who am I and where am I?" And when this is over, what will I turn out to be?

I invite you to pray with me for those innocent lives that have been lost and those left behind during this pandemic, along with those who continue to suffer because of the selfishness of this world.

May this Holy Week turn our lives around for the better. May we and the world around us be transformed to bring about peace and harmony.

And a reminder for each one of us to protect and preserve the honor of this time even during these challenging circumstances.

God bless you and keep you!
Fr. Anthony Mpungu