It’s all about the sacraments. Throughout the season we baptize copiously. We will journey with our young people to the Cathedral to celebrate with them the sacrament of Confirmation. Our little ones will come to the altar to receive their First Eucharist. The Archbishop will ordain new transitional deacons and priests for our Archdiocese. God truly builds up the Church and gives us new reason to rejoice in this joyous season.
This is what our hearts ache for – encounters with the sacraments. We live a world that is trying more and more to strip the meaning and mystery out of life. The sacraments draw us into the sacred. They reveal to us that our lives are part of something bigger, better, deeper, and even more real. The sacraments stress to us how important we really are – and all that we do.
Sacraments are the sure and guaranteed way God has ordained for us to receive His grace. It is good and profitable to acknowledge that God’s grace is as universal as the sunlight, but nothing quickens and incites the spirit like having the certitude that Jesus Christ has just walked into the room and has touched you.
The Second Vatican Council teaches us that, “for well-disposed members of the faithful, the liturgy of the sacraments and sacramentals sanctifies almost every event in their lives” (SC 61). How fruitful sacraments are when we truly are “well-disposed.” That is, when we are in a state of grace, with eager faith, and with the sacraments as regular and non-negotiable parts of our lives.
Catholic author and philosopher Peter Kreeft once said, “Sacraments are like hoses. They are the channels of the living water of God's grace. Our faith is like opening the faucet. We can open it a lot, a little, or not at all.”
Thanks be to God for the new life that will flow abundantly throughout this season of Easter here at Nativity of Mary!