Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Back in my seminary days, I had a professor who described three distinct experiences of time for human beings. The first is the most straightforward which is chronological. Seconds, minutes, hours, days, etc. are the markers of chronological time and they provide a consistent measure of how long or short something has been around, in the simplest view of time. The second is psychological time, which is our personal reckoning of how long or short something has happened for. At times, something that objectively took a short period of chronological time may have felt like it dragged on forever in like psychological time and conversely, something that actually took a long time can seem as if it flew by subjectively speaking. But the third kind of time is the hardest for us to wrap our minds around, and it’s known as kerygmatic time. This type of time has to deal with matters of faith and works at a level where we may not fully understand either how quickly or slowly time is moving for us, because we’re experiencing God at a certain level in our lives that the passage of time doesn’t really matter.

With apologies for the long-winded introduction, what does any of that have to do with this week’s letter in the bulletin? We’re about to embark upon an experience of kerygmatic time by what we go through liturgically this week. Today, Passion Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, in which we experience anew and in a special way, the Paschal Mystery, the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of the Lord. It is a slowing down of time for us, as we separate out the distinct moments throughout the course of days with Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy
Saturday, and Easter Sunday. But it is also a busy time with many activities and celebrations and family traditions that make it seem as if there’s not enough time for all these things.

My invitation to us all is that you really consider how it is you might enter into these holy days and the sacred time within them. While it would be great if everyone could be here for every part of the liturgical gatherings, I know that’s not a possibility for many. But that shouldn’t mean that there’s no point in entering into what we can manage.

I’m biased, I realize, but the days of the Triduum and of Easter are so rich in meaning and impact. They are the days in which the Church relives all that Our Blessed Lord went through to bring us salvation. This whole event we experience mystically in every celebration of the Mass. But to have a chance to be with Christ and His disciples at the Last Supper, to behold Him hanging from the Cross, to enter in the great silence as He lay in the tomb, and to be bewildered and overjoyed to meet the Risen Christ on Easter Sunday, I think it’s worth our time.

Peace and Goodness,
Fr. Dan