While researching something else a while I back I came upon this. As we prepare for Easter Sunday tomorrow take a look at this and use today to find time for "teaching moments" with your family and friends.
Holy Saturday (in Latin, Sabbatum Sanctum), the 'day of the entombed Christ', is the Lord's day of rest, for on that day Christ's body lay in His tomb. We recall the Apostle's Creed, which says "He descended unto the dead." It is a day of suspense between two worlds, that of darkness, sin and death, and that of the Resurrection and the restoration of the Light of the World. For this reason no divine services are held until the Easter Vigil begins that night. This day between Good Friday and Easter Day makes present to us the end of one world and the complete newness of the era of salvation inaugurated by the Resurrection of Christ.
Ideally, Holy Saturday should be the quietest day of the year (although this is not as easy in a busy household with children as it might be in a convent or monastery.) Nightfall on Holy Saturday is time for joy and greatest expectation because of the beautiful liturgy of the Easter Vigil, often referred to as the Mother of all Holy Vigils, or the Great Service of Light. The Easter Vigil was restored to the liturgy in 1955, during the liturgical reform that preceded the Second Vatican Council.
During the day, the preparations at home that must be made for Easter Day are appropriate, however, because they keep our attention fixed on the holiness and importance of the most central feast of the Church. Working with our children to prepare for Easter can offer us many 'teaching moments', as well.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
I was going through my youtube channel the other day and found this classic video we made in the summer of 2004.
I'm starting to work on several videos like this again. I used to do these videos all the time for my different youth groups...So be on the lookout and subscribe to my blog and youtube channel
Monday, April 18, 2011
A while back a friend of mine asked me why I had stopped blogging. I told him that I was busy and just didn't make the time for it. He then responded that he enjoyed reading my blogs and that he saw that every time I posted that people always commented or liked on facebook. He told me that if I kept my ideas and my thoughts to myself, that I was doing an injustice to others. I laughed it off. But then really thought about it.
Today I'm looking at it in a different light. There are many of my high school and college friends that aren't in church and some don't even believe. I see my blog posts and my status updates as a chance to be a witness to them. I have had several of those friends over the last year tell me that these have helped them see God in a new a way and now are involved in church and some are even helping out in children's and youth ministry.
Its the same thing in real life...If we don't speak about God in our daily lives outside the church, then the message is never heard. I once heard that the quote, "You might be the only Bible anyone ever reads or hears". And also, "Preach the gospel always, If necessary use words." ~ St. Francis of Assisi.
So how will you speak today?
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Over the years, Palm Sunday leading up to Holy Week has always hit home. I always look at how it is so similar to our lives. We are just like those who were there laying down the palms and celebrating Christ. And then later in the week, we fall asleep, deny God, deny him again, and again. But then on the next Sunday we are Celebrating Him rising from the grave.
But at some point we have to be like the disciples, days and weeks after this and go into the world. We have to stop doubting and see that what God has done and is doing. We must take his message into the world. I have been reading a lot lately and have been looking at the first church in Acts. We need to move past the Holy Week denials and get excited about our God. We need to tell everyone about Him.
Who is someone in your life this week that you can invite to church on Easter and then follow-up with them the week after Easter...and the week after that.
I'm part of the Jesus Movement! Are you?