Monday, April 15

Today’s Prayer and Reflection:

They gave a dinner for him. (John 12:2)

Imagine hosting a dinner party to say “Thank you” to a fireman who helped save your life. You welcome him into your home and ask what you can get him to drink; you want to do everything you can to show your gratitude. Later on, when there’s a pause in the conversation, you try to express how much it means to have him there—the man who gave your life back to you. But you can’t say enough. Words fall short.

We all respond differently in moments of deep emotion or gratitude. Some people fall silent, while others laugh or even break out into song. Look at Lazarus and his sisters as an example. Each of them responded to Jesus—the person who raised Lazarus from the dead—in different yet equally moving ways. Lazarus hosted Jesus and his disciples. Martha kept the food and drink flowing. And Mary anointed him with costly perfume.

Just like Lazarus, you have received life because of Jesus. He’s the hero who has eternally saved you from sin—along with everyone else who has faith in him. He is the One who saw you in distress, entered into your world, and rescued you from everything that was threatening you. And like the firefighter, he risked his own life so that you could have another chance at life.

This is also the One who comes to dine with you at the Eucharistic banquet. Day after day, week after week, he accepts your invitation and comes to share a meal with you. It doesn’t matter to him whether your celebration is grand or humble, filled with guests or a more intimate affair. Just as he was happy to rescue you, he is happy to spend time with you.

This week try to carve out time to attend at least one of the Holy Week services: the Washing of the Feet on Holy Thursday or the Stations of the Cross or the Veneration of the Cross on Good Friday. Or spend some time in quiet adoration before the tabernacle. This is your opportunity to tell Jesus how grateful you are and how much he means to you. If you are making your offering in love and gratitude—no matter what that offering is—it will be a precious anointing for Jesus.

“Thank you, Jesus, for rescuing me!”

Reprinted with permission of The Word Among Us, 7115 Guilford Dr #100, Frederick, MD 21704,

Today’s Announcements:

  • Happy Birthday to Cameron Badurak, Thomas Bailey, and Megan Marie!
  • Students will have until 11:59 p.m. to submit schedule requests for the 2019-20 school year.
  • Students please bring your items for the Little Sisters of the Poor nursing home. There is a table set up in the foyer to place your items on.
  • Adopt a duck! The Bethesda Duck Race will be held on Saturday, May 4, at Gulf Islands Waterpark. There will be someone here today during lunch to sell tickets for ducks. They are also seeking 15 volunteers to help with the duck race. If you are interested in adopting a duck or helping out please see the representative today in the cafeteria.
  • National Honor Society Members, there will be a meeting on Wednesday, April 17, at 7:45. The meeting is for sophomores and juniors only. Students, you all will vote on next year’s officers during this meeting. NHS Members, please bring a canned food item to the meeting on Wednesday. Seniors, please bring yours to Ms. Wilkinson.
  • There will be no Interact Club meeting this week. The next meeting will take place on May 8 in Ms. Lawson’s room. Eleventh grade members, your RYLA scholarship forms are due to Ms Lawson by Wednesday!
  • Bible Study will meet at 7:50 tomorrow in room 112.
  • Student council representative applications are due today by 3:30 p.m. to Mrs. Buckley in room 200. Campaign rules meeting will be in room 200 right after school today.
  • Congratulations to the cast and crew of Sister Act on a highly successful production! Leads and supporting cast, please see Mrs. Trahan during the day. Everyone, please remember to come to the theater for cleanup this afternoon.