Saturday, April 4, 2015
Joy from Sorrow - Strength from Joy
The grief and suffering that Jesus' followers experienced on Good Friday as they watched Jesus die that agonizing death has been changed to joy. They thought that all of their hopes and dreams in the Messiah died with him on the cross. Instead, their lives will be changed forever with the joy of seeing Christ Jesus raised from the dead.
After encountering the risen Christ, Jesus gives them the command, "Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature." (Mk. 16:15) This is a command that all members of the Holy Name Society are also called to do.
How are we to do this? By following and living out the Holy Name Pledge in our daily lives. In the pledge, we promise to "believe all the sacred truths which the Holy Catholic Church believes and teaches." Further we "promise to give good example by the regular practice of our faith."
By truly living out the Holy Name Pledge in our daily lives, we proclaim the gospel to every person we meet.
Praise be Jesus Christ, now and forever!
Deacon Thomas R. Tortorella
Archdiocesan Union of the Holy Name Society of New York