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Slowly but surely, the drama of human salvation unfolds. Today, John’s account of the betrayal tells us that such a tragedy was an inside job. Judas, the most trusted person, the treasurer, in-charge of the finances, perfectly executed it. He was one of the twelve inner circles who accompanied Jesus in his 3-year public ministry. He was familiar and knew really well the ins and outs of his master and the 12. As you know, to be betrayed by one of your closest fellows is the most painful part not only in this scenario but life, in general. It ruins everything. Once damage has been done in relationships, you can’t repair it. Dante’s Inferno puts traitors at the bottom of hell, a huge indication of the magnitude of the offense. There’s nothing more devastating than someone who knows you inside out, double cross you.  

PASCHAL TRIDUUM services is an anamnesis, a remembrance to make Christ's redemptive presence felt and have an impact in our lives. Paschal Mystery was accomplished in Jesus once and for all. We don’t try stage it or re-play it. What we merely try to do is to remember...

Last Monday, I was overjoyed to see my brother priests and friends at the CHRISM MASS, a diocesan gathering (priests, religious and laity) in union with the Bishop at St. Augustine Cathedral in Tucson to consecrate the oils  for the administration of sacraments. For practical reasons, it’s been scheduled at 2pm (for the past few years now) so that priests (myself included) assigned in rural/outlying areas would have plenty of time to drive back same day. After the homily, Bishop Weisenburger asked the priests to renew their priestly promises, ARE YOU RESOLVED…? And then, the blessing of the holy oils followed.  


If you’re looking for something to do on the paschal triduum, I’d highly suggest to prayerfully reflect on the Passion of Christ according to Luke.


Let’s pray for the eternal repose of the souls of the parishioners who recently passed away, Irma Davila, Rafael Gomez, Gerardo Sanchez  and offer condolences, sympathy and consolation to the grieving families, relatives and friends. Rest assured, they are included in the prayers of the community.   

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.  




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