Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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April 6, 2012

The week that changed the world

Greensburg — Last Sunday was Palm Sunday and the beginning of a week of remembrance that has lasted for the past two thousand years. From the time Jesus rode into the city until His resurrection, history was being written.

This past Thursday night we attended the Maundy Thursday Mass at St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church in Enochsburg. The service was very moving as the pastor knelt before a group of people and washed their feet. I was reminded, through the Liturgy, of our Lord doing this very act so many centuries ago.

Maybe you are curious about this word "Maundy?" The word Maundy in Latin is mandatum. "Mandatum novum do vobis ut diligatis invicem sicut dilexi vos." ("A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you.") These are the words of our Lord Jesus from St. John 13:34 I was further reminded of the importance of His body and blood as He instituted the Eucharist or Communion.

On Good Friday, just a few minutes past noon, the community was invited to gather at the First Christian Church to hear the message of the crucifixion. Again we are reminded of his sorrow, agony and death on the cruel cross. The agonizing pain our Lord experienced was beyond anything we have experienced. He did it for all of us.

God the Father wanted a family and when Adam and Eve messed up in the Garden of Eden, He still wanted a family so, He sent His ONLY begotten Son, Jesus Christ to this earth and it was on the cruel cross of Calvary that He paid the supreme price for our salvation and when we come to an understanding of who Jesus is as Lord and Savior of our lives, it is then when God sees His family enlarge.

When we awaken this Sunday morning, many will make their way to a Sunrise Service at one of the local churches. We will gather to worship the risen Christ with Zion United Methodist Church at 7 a.m. Following the worship service we will share a breakfast and that will also include other activities.

Let us not neglect the focus of why we worship on a day called Easter. It isn't about the bunny rabbit, chocolates and Easter eggs although all of that is OK and, we certainly have fun with our children as they scramble and scurry to find those decorated eggs and get all messy with the chocolate, it is truly about the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. I implore all of us to be sure and share this message with our children so they realize the reason for this blessed day.

Tomorrow as we gather we can greet each other with this proclamation, "He Is Risen." The response will be, "HE IS RISEN, INDEED!"

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