April: The month dedicated to the Holy Spirit

04-01-2017Monthly Reflection

A Time of New Life

April is a time of new life.  With Spring in the air we see the new life budding around us.  April also boasts the most solemn and sublime event of human history: The Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ – the Paschal mystery. Though the way to the Resurrection was the Via Crucis, the Sacrificial Lamb of God is now and forever Christ our Light, the Eternal high priest of the New Covenant. And his sorrowful mother, the Stabat Mater of Good Friday, is now the jubilant Mother of the Regina Caeli.
We the members of Christ’s Mystical Body exalt in the mystery by which we were redeemed. If in Baptism we were buried with Christ, so also will we share in his resurrection. By his death, we were reborn; “by his stripes we were healed.” (Is 53:5) Easter, the epicenter of time, is the event that links time and eternity. It is indeed “the day the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it.” (Ps 118:24

This month falls, half during the Lenten Season and half during the Easter season. The first half of the month the liturgical color is violet.  We conclude the month with the liturgical color is white — the color of light, a symbol of joy, purity and innocence (absolute or restored).