Season of Salvation

Season of Salvation, of the Living Seasons of Change series, covers the end of Lent, Holy Week, Easter Sunday and Mercy Sunday. The Radio Show airs March 2014 on Catholic radio KDUA. Hosted by Patti Brunner and Monsignor David LeSieur, VF, a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Little Rock  

Program Outline of LSC 105A Season of Salvation: 

The majesty of the kingdom of God was won through a battle of blood.
The sacrifice of the Holy One began on the day of conception and was manifested by the betrayal, the beating and death of the Crucifixion.
What lesson is to be learned?   First that the events, though effected by the free will of man, were part of a Master Plan.  Salvation was not happenstance but was decided upon and revealed at the Garden.
As Jesus returns to the Garden to pray the symbolism of the obedience of one strikes the disobedience of the other.
Betrayal of friends show that love and community are set aside when fear is allowed to take root and self rules over surrender to God’s will; accepting versus being in control.  Judas “controlled” the manifestation but despaired when he lost control.
Why was suffering and death necessary?  Decay caused by sin had to be destroyed and death gives final destruction.  Suffering frames obedience and faithfulness that “no matter what” Jesus remained faithful and obedient.
The differences in the accounts of the Passion: Year A has Matthew; Good Friday has John.
The 5th Sunday prepares us for the Resurrection that takes place on Easter.
Without Easter, without the “overcoming” the death and sacrifice would have no meaning.  Salvation—completed as the body is restored to Glory so is the people restored into the Glory of God
The Eucharist instituted (celebrated on) Holy Thursday combines the sacrifice and the resurrection for all to receive/be present for perpetuity
Catholics celebrate new members of the faith with Baptism and Confirmation at the Easter Vigil as salvation history is again revealed and celebrated
Mercy Sunday follows immediately after Easter to “lock in” [like on a target]on the saving Mercy that continues to be made available—once and for all.

References for LSC 105A Season of Salvation.  Scriptures and liturgical readings are available at Readings & Catechism
Flaming sword at the Garden of Eden.  Genesis 3:24 “He drove out the man; and at the east of the Garden of Eden he placed the cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.” Jesus praying at the Garden.   Matthew 26:39 “And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt.””
Costly ointment used before betrayal by Judas.  John 12:4-6 
The New American Bible footnote  at Matthew 26:15 says that “the motive of avarice is introduced by Judas’ question …Thirty pieces of silver the price of betrayal is found only in Matthew.  It is derived from Zechariah 11:12 where it is the wage paid to the rejected shepherd, a cheap price.  That amount is also the compensation paid to those whose slave has been gored by an ox.”[Ex 21:32 quote]
Matthew 27:4 Judas after the betrayal took the money back to the chief priests. saying “I have sinned in betraying innocent blood” and they said, “What is that to us.  Look to it yourself.”
Noah’s sacrifice.  Genesis 8: 20 “Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.”Paul’s seed and life. New American Bible:  1 Corinthians 15:42  “So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown corruptible; it is raised incorruptible.”
John’s discourse on the Bread of Life. John 6: 53-58
Words of institution of the Eucharist. Matthew 26:26 “While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, “Take and eat; this is my body.”

Stephen Binz.  “The Passion and Resurrection Narratives of Jesus, A Commentary”. Liturgical Press. 1989. Page 10 “Each Gospel presents us with a different portrait of Jesus.  Just as a scene can be photographed from several different angles to give us a better appreciation of the reality, the person of Jesus can be known and understood more fully because we have four different portraits.  All of them are given to us by the inspiring Spirit, yet none of them exhausts the fullness of who Jesus is.”

John 11: 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life”

2 Timothy 1: 6 “For this reason, I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God  that you have through the imposition of my hands.”

Mercy Sunday and St. Faustina.  Source:     “During the course of Jesus’ revelations to Saint Faustina on the Divine Mercy He asked on numerous occasions that a feast day be dedicated to the Divine Mercy and that this feast be celebrated on the Sunday after Easter. The liturgical texts of that day, the 2nd Sunday of Easter, concern the institution of the Sacrament of Penance, the Tribunal of the Divine Mercy, and are thus already suited to the request of Our Lord. This Feast, which had already been granted to the nation of Poland and been celebrated within Vatican City, was granted to the Universal Church by Pope John Paul II on the occasion of the canonization of Sr. Faustina on 30 April 2000.”