With Jesus in Bethany

    I know it has been so long since I posted. I could give you a list of excuses but neither you nor I have time for that!

    We have a beautiful little custom in our community of setting a place for our Lord on the evening of Palm Sunday. Scripture says he went to Bethany that evening and so we too meet him there. A lovely platter of dried fruits, candy, nuts and cookies is placed before our Lord and each of us take our turn selecting some lovely “sweet gifts” from our Lord and share a meal with him.

    Today, on Passion Sunday (also known as Palm Sunday) we just entered the Great Door opening on to the Holiest Week of the year. We can participate in Holy Week as if we had been present when the events first happened! How? through the special and sacred Liturgies that will take place Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Masses of either the Vigil or Easter Sunday.

    To see more on this see the Catechism of the Catholic Church # 1085. See also the introduction and first chapter of Ecclesia de Eucharistia – very mystical!



4 thoughts on “With Jesus in Bethany

  1. The name Bethany has a lot of meaning in my life. I named my youngest daughter Bethany based partly on circumstances in my life when I was carrying her. The etymology of the name of the town of Bethany is in some dispute. It is said to mean “house of misery”. It is said to mean “house of the poor” and also “house of dates”. There is a story that goes that in ancient times, opponents in war would seek to destroy the crops of their enemy. This happened once in the place that we now call Bethany. A grove of date trees was replanted after the crops had been destroyed by the enemy. Whether Bethany means “house of misery”, “house of the poor” or “house of dates”, in my mind, the name Bethany means to replant where there has been misery……plant your grove of date trees in the land that has been stricken. Hope for a better tomorrow. Hope in God and His promise of all good things even when all seems lost. Replant and see His bounty. That is what the name means to me. Thanks for sharing.

    Many blessings.

    Love from Lisa

  2. I forgot to mention, I think I recall reading once that some say the name Bethany means “to plant on new soil”…….which also goes along with the story…..and considering that Bethany is the place where Lazarus was raised from the dead, there is much to understand in one simple word…….”Bethany”. Kind of like “Trinity” means so much more than just one word.

    And I think of these things often when I look at my little girl whose name is Bethany Christine. (Named for Christ, too.)

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  4. Hi Dear Sisters!

    My name is LuAnn. Please remember me to our Lord, in prayer for healing & cure from metz cancer. I have had scans all this week, and they conclude tomorrow on Good Friday. I’m praying for an Easter Miracle!

    I found your blog quite by accident, so I know it is not a coincidence that I’m supposed to ask for your prayer:)

    Do you know about Louisa Piccarreta, the “little servant of the Divine Will”? Please, also ask her to pray for me.

    I’m making a movie about my journey to wellness this year. It’s at http://www.getwellmovie.blogspot.com

    Thank you so so very much,
    Love you all,


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