From: Mary Zimmerman
Holy Thursday, The Last Supper - as I partook of this special Mass I hoped God was pleased with such heavenly music. Just as Jesus washed the feet of the Apostles, he told us to do likewise. I’ve never really taken part in that. Perhaps a lack of humility on my part. While that was going on (washing of the feet) and soft music in the background, my mind took me back many years ago and I wished for a minute I could go back in time, to the time we were surrounded by our seven great gifts from God (our children). I felt such a moment of loneliness. Excuse me Lord for wiping away a few tears. Maybe this was a little foretaste of the agony you suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane with no one to keep watch with you. Then my mind led me into the future to anticipate the special Mass in June to celebrate 60 years of married life. My hopes turned to joy to again be surrounded by our six children and I’m quite sure Duane will be looking down upon us with a big smile and sending all his love upon his family.
Soon it was Holy Communion time. This very night Jesus couldn’t bear to leave us orphans. In the presence of the Apostles He performed the first Mass as He knew He must somehow remain with us. Thus He took bread, broke and blessed it - “this is my body.” Likewise He took wine, blessed it - “this is my blood.” That was His special farewell gift to mankind. As I processed to receive Holy Communion I felt gratitude for this special gift as I believe I never did before. What a grace. Jesus was my special guest and I knew this was the time to spell out my motherly requests. Tears rolled down my cheeks again. I prayed, “My God, my God, do not forsake me and my family, but give to each of us the graces we are in need of to be joined again with our dear son and brother Duane in the joys of heaven.”
Good Friday - I’d just like to meditate briefly on some of the last words Jesus spoke as He was dying upon the cross.
“Father forgive them, they don’t realize what they’re doing.” I can almost hear Jesus adding these words...”go and do likewise.” We need to pray for the gift of humility and God’s grace to be able to forgive.
“I thirst.” Jesus wasn’t implying He wanted a drink of any sort, He was really thirsting for souls. Let’s all thirst with Him and help save souls so we can all drink of the joys of heaven.
“Into your hands I commend my spirit.” Jesus knew His agony and suffering were coming to an end. He wanted His heavenly Father to know He would soon be coming and to have the doors of heaven open for Him and the multitude of souls waiting at the gates of heaven.
“It is finished.” What a long ordeal this must have been for Jesus. We also experience times of pain or sleepless nights when it seems like the clock doesn’t move, but eventually everything passes in this world. Not so in eternity. With God’s grace let that be heaven - an eternal Easter.
Easter Sunday - Well, the church was full! I mean packed. Again my thoughts turned toward my family, wishing there would be a pew or two full of us all together. But I knew that wasn’t to be, and that I needed to focus on the joy of Easter Sunday and I began to hear the words that were being sung over and over - This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad.” These words started penetrating my soul and I felt the joy of the risen Christ.
When we returned home from church I put the finishing touches on our meal and candles on a Dairy Queen cake that was to be Heather’s surprise birthday cake as today was her birthday (my daughter-in-law).
Then family members began to arrive. Our latest grandsons Conner, 2, and Eli, 3 months, caught everyone’s attention. Conner gave me a lot of hugs and Eli passed out smiles to everyone. What a joy. Yes, this is the day the Lord has made, rejoice and be glad.