St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

Today’s Gospel reading comes from the John’s account of the Last Supper. Judas had just left the table companionship to begin the process that would lead to Jesus arrest. Jesus had just said that Peter would deny him three times. But Jesus counsels them not to let their hearts be troubled because he is going to the Father to prepare places for them.

How would you like to be remembered? Most of you would say as a loving spouse, parent, sibling, and friend. Poor Thomas! He is remembered by most as a doubter. Can you blame him? His doubt was understandable. The other disciples claimed to have seen the Risen Lord, come back from the dead, who passed through locked doors with a real body with the mark of nails on his hands and his side pierced by a lance, talked to them, breathed on them, and gave them the power to either forgive or retain the sins of others like God himself. It all seemed unbelievable. It was no wonder he wanted tangible proof before he would believe. “Unless I see the marks of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nailmarks and put my hand into his side, I WILL NOT BELIEVE.”

In an episode of “This Old House”, 6 men struggled with much grunting and groaning to put into place a polished granite slab onto a kitchen island. Keep that image in mind.

In Matthew’s passion account, the evangelist mentions that a huge stone was rolled across the entrance of the tomb and that the guards set a seal to the stone. Mark‘s Gospel states the stone was very large, so much so the women who came to the tomb were wondering who would roll it away.

Jesus was truly dead, closed up in a tomb by a huge stone. The chief priests, the Pharisees, the Sadducees, the Romans, those who were not his disciples, and even those who believed in him thought it was the end of him.

The most central of all mysteries is the paschal mystery, the suffering, death, and resurrection. Christ is central to our life of faith, and central to his life is this mystery. Moreover, the paschal mystery is the secret to life, not only eternal life but the present life as well. Our happiness ultimately depends upon properly undergoing and understanding it.

The pattern was set by Jesus and his disciples: the suffering and death of Good Friday, the rising to new life on Easter, a period of 40 days during which he and the disciples adjusted to his new life and had to grieve what was to be no more, the Ascension which involved a letting go of the old and not clinging to what was, and Pentecost, the reception of the Spirit for the new life the disciples were already living.

Silent.

Jesus was silent from the moment he answered Pilate’s question: “Are you the king of the Jews?” with “You say so” to his one and only anguished cry on the cross: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

Still, there was a lot of noise with accusations and with insults hurled against him, mocking him by misquoting his words.

And Jesus was silent --- even though the Lord God has given him a well-trained tongue.

Jesus was silent --- knowing that the Lord God was his help, knowing that he would not be put to shame.

When we are insulted, blamed for something we did not do, or verbally attacked, our first reaction is to defend ourselves.

Jesus was silent.

Palm/Passion Sunday, A17

Imagine, if you will, Jesus loudly saying, “Lazarus, come out” and hearing a voice from within the tomb softly saying, “No! I don’t think so.”[1] The crowd along with Jesus would have been astounded! Why on earth would a dead man offered a chance to come back to life not jump at the opportunity? I can picture Jesus’ saying: “What? Are you crazy?” and Lazarus responding: “I’ve been in here for 4 days already, and I’m getting used to it.

Get your spring cleaning done and help support

STJF Knights of Columbus Parish Tag Sale
May 19th, 9am-2pm (Rain date: May 26th)

Tag Sale KoCWe have two options for this sale:Rent a space from us and sell your goods. ($20 per space) OR Donate your goods to us! No items too big! Call us and we’ll even pick them up!!

Please note: Limited volunteers are available tohelp sell your appreciated items; so, please take the time to choose your donations carefully. All proceeds will go toThe STJF Capital Development Fund.Reserve your spot now:

Jean Jacques @ 860.295.0001

UPCOMING TEEN EVENT

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Saturday, May 5th  - Come to the YARD GOATS Game! We have great seats behind the dug out of the Portland Sea Dogs, a Double‐A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox! We will leave immediately following the 4:00pm mass. Tickets are $11.00 each. You must sign up and pass your permission slip and money in by April 25. After that point ticketswill be open to all parishioners. Please bring money for snacks.

Permission Slip:   May 5 Yard Goats Game

UPCOMING TEEN EVENT

TeenCookoutSaturday, June 16th  - spring into summer with our ANNUAL COOKOUT! Come celebrate our seniors at the 4:00pm mass where they will be recognized then join us down stairs for a cookout, s’mores and field games. 4:00(mass) 8:00pm.

WildWestCampVACATION BIBLE CAMP

Your child will go back in time to the Wild, Wild West for a Wild Western Adventure Romp! They will enter a world of outlaws, cowboys, frontier games and even some wild animals. I hope many of the children join us on this spectacular adventure right here at St John Fisher Church! This will be an opportunity for kids to explore not only the thrilling Wild West, but also a way to discover a living spiritual relationship with Jesus and learn more about some Bible “outlaws” who chose to follow God and do what’s right. There will be Western themed games, crafts, activities, music and snacks It will be a week of ROOTIN’ TOOTIN” FUN !!!!

Date: August 6-9 Time: 9:00-noon  Where: St. John Fisher Church Hall

This camp is open to children entering grades 1-6  Cost is $25 per child

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