Tuesday, August 30
Adult Coed Bible Study
5:30pm Saturday - Vigil
7:30am - Quiet
9:30am - Family Choir
11:30am - Solemn Choir
1:30pm - En Español
5:30pm - Contemporary Choir
9:00pm - Candlelight
5:30pm - St. Jude Mass
8:00am - Mass with Morning Prayer
5:30pm - Vigil for Sunday
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- Fr. Michael Hurley, O.P., Pastor
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Twenhty second Sunday in Ordinary Time, 08/28/2016 - Pastor’s Corner
“Hey, I saw you on TV!” Whether visiting the sick at the hospital or simply walking on Fillmore this past week, I’ve been stopped several times by strangers excited to let me know that they saw one of the many news reports on the stolen relic of the True Cross. In the wake of this theft, there has been an outpouring of coverage both local and national. My email has been bombarded with folks expressing sympathy and concern. I even received a call from someone on the East Coast who saw the coverage on “Good Morning America” and asked how they might help! Certainly, our first and best response to this violation is prayer. We pray for those who stole this precious relic. We pray for its return. We pray that God’s grace can bring good from evil. Nothing is more powerful than prayer and so we confidently ask for God’s creative and transformative presence to be at work even in this difficult situation. (My personal prayers have enlisted the help of St. Jude and Fr. Felix!) Amid the outpouring of kindness, there have also been questions about the relic itself. Some were unaware that we even had a relic of the True Cross (including some of the brethren who will remain nameless!). Others wondered about its nature and importance. This theft provides an occasion to tell the story of the True Cross and to answer some of the more frequently asked questions about this relic.
What is the relic of the True Cross? The relic of the True Cross is a slivered fragment of wood from the actual Cross upon which Jesus died for our salvation.
What happened to the relic? The relic of the True Cross was stolen and discovered missing this past Thursday afternoon August 18. Displayed beneath the statue of the pieta (the sorrowful scene of the Blessed Virgin holding the lifeless body of her Son), it was encased in a gold and glass reliquary. The relic was well secured and the thief demonstrated expert skill in overcoming the reinforced steel lock. The generous donation of parishioners for the past 5 years, this relic has been a magnet for devotion and prayer. We pray for its return.
How old is relic and what is its origin story? The relic dates back to the death of Christ almost 2000 years ago. The discovery of this Cross begins with Emperor Constantine, the first Roman emperor to convert to Christianity. In 326, he sent his mother Saint Helena to Jerusalem to find artifacts significant in the life of Christ. When Helena arrived, she found that the city was still suffering the destruction caused by the last Jewish War 400 years before. After defeating Israel, Roman Emperor Hadrian built a pagan temple over Jesus' tomb near Calvary, as an attempt to obliterate this new emerging Christian Religion. On the site, they discovered three different crosses grouped together which aligned with the Gospel story of Jesus being crucified along with two criminals. The Roman historian Rufinus narrates a powerful story that, in order to discern which cross was Jesus’, Helena had a dying local woman brought to the site. The ill woman touched two of the crosses, but nothing happened. When she touched the third, she recovered. The true cross of Jesus had been revealed. Helena proceeded to share this relic by dividing it up and giving it to the care of local churches and other places of worship.
What is the importance of the relic? Certainly anything associated with Jesus’ death and resurrection has special importance to our faith life. Every year on September 14, we celebrate the Exultation of the Cross. Two years ago, this feast was on Sunday and so I took this opportunity to preach on the historical and spiritual significance of the relic. You can hear this homily in the archives of our St. Dominic’s podcast at www.stdominics.org/podcast (Homily, September 14, 2014). Subscribe to hear all our weekly homilies and various other talks, such as, Fr. Michael Sherwin’s wonderful St. Dominic’s Lecture on his unique insight of “California Spirituality.” Next week, I will continue to answer other inquiries concerning the relic, so if you have a question, let me know!
Fr. Michael Hurley, O.P., Pastor