Sun, Mar 29th 2015 02:45 pm
Bishop Richard J.
Malone used his homily at the start of Holy Week at St. Joseph Cathedral
in downtown Buffalo on Mar. 29, to remind worshipers, "God's holy word
on Palm Sunday is a meditation on the meaning of suffering in God's plan
Constant anxiety in our lives can leave
us weary, the bishop said. "The glory of this Holy Week, in God's
loving design, strangely, suffering can have power to yield new life."
The bishop noted there is new life for us too, if we walk with Jesus.
He said suffering, united with Christ's
pain, can be redemptive and ultimately, bring victory. "This is why
Jesus plunged into the depths human misery."
"At the beginning of this Holy Week, as
we take up our palm branches, let us, in the words of St. Andrew of
Crete, 'Run to accompany him as he hastens toward his passion. And
imitate those who met him, not by covering his path with garments, olive
branches or palms, but by doing all we can to prostrate ourselves
before him, by being humble and by trying to live as he would wish.
Then, we shall be able to receive the word at his coming and God, whom
no limits can contain, will be within us.'"
Among those attending the Mass were
members of The Little Flowers Girls' Club, girls from age five to early
teens who take part in virtue-based activities. There are current eight
Little Flower chapters in the Diocese of Buffalo.
Holy Week continues at the cathedral
Tuesday evening at 7 p.m., with the Chrism Mass. As the principal
celebrant, Bishop Malone will bless three urns of oil, the oil of
catechumens, used to bless those who are about to be baptized; the oil
of chrism that is used in the Sacrament of Baptism, the Sacrament of
Confirmation and the Sacrament of Holy Orders; and the oil of the sick
which is used in the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.
Priests and deacons from throughout the diocese will take the oil to their parishes for use throughout the year.