Tuesday, April 10, 2012
A Lifting Of The Veil
There are certain things that this side of heaven we will never know or understand, but I do believe that God is always revealing Himself to us in any number of ways on a daily basis~we just need to open the eyes of our souls to see how He is doing so.
As I entered into Holy Week this year, I asked Jesus to let me stay by His side and walk with Him through each of the days of that blessed week. He was more ready to answer that prayer than I would have thought. It was as if I had found myself transported back to Jerusalem to that first Holy Week. Now before you go deleting me from your blog list because you think I've gone round the bend, fear not, I am not talking private revelations or anything like that. I just mean it was like God lifted or parted the veil that separates our world from heaven's. I steeped myself in the Scriptures that week, putting myself in those scenes~especially those of Holy Thursday and Good Friday. I woke up on Holy Saturday barely able to contain the Easter joy that was already bubbling inside of me, but knew I needed to stay in the tomb with Jesus until that evening's Easter Vigil.
After Holy Thursday or perhaps tied with it, the Easter Vigil is my favorite Mass of the Liturgical year, and this year I felt that Easter joy more than I have in past years.
I am not sure why this is. Maybe it started with that simple prayer prayed at the beginning of Holy Week. Whatever the reason, I am just grateful for those graces.
As we enter the Easter season, I am asking Jesus once again to let me walk with Him through these last fifty days He spent on this earth. I am asking Him to once again lift that veil just a little more. A bold prayer perhaps, but why not? I know He has heard it and will answer according to how He sees fit.
Holy Week and the Easter season are wonderful times filled with special graces, but God parts the veil every time Mass is offered. We enter into the Paschal Mystery every time. The veil is parted and we are at Calvary. This too is a time of special graces, especially when we receive Our Lord in Holy Communion. He wants to give us so many graces and He will if we are properly disposed to receive them.
As we read and hear the readings from The Acts of the Apostles during these fifty days, let us ask Our Lord to lift that veil, let us ask the intercession of the Apostles who bore witness to Christ's Resurrection so that we too can bear witness to it in our own time. Finally, let us ask Our Lady's intercession each time we assist at Mass so that we may be properly disposed to receive all the graces her Son wants to lavish upon our souls.
May God continue to bless us with the graces of this Easter season, and may we use them to His greater glory.
Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King
My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.
Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.