Unity Spiritual Center RGV in Pharr invites you to join us this Easter Sunday at 10:30 am. Spiritual Leader Tommy DeLeon will share a lesson on the tradition, facts and the spiritual meaning of Easter.
Sunday marks the culmination of the most important week in the Christian calendar. The events of Holy Week and Easter represent the central message of the Christian faith.
It is safe to say that if it were it not for this week, there would be no Christianity.
The week begins with a massive gathering of the Jewish faithful in celebration of the Passover Feast. As a member of the Jewish community, Jesus had come to Jerusalem to partake of the celebration.
By this time Jesus had developed the reputation of being a miracle worker, thus many followers and the curious had joined the procession with him.
When the word got out that he was entering Jerusalem, many more lined the streets in anticipation of his arrival. It is written that he rode into the city on a donkey, which, according to the Old Testament, represented a triumphant and peaceful arrival of a conqueror. The streets were lined in palm leaves, the crowds had gathered and were chanting praises of his arrival. It was a joyous time.
On the other hand, there was much tension in the air. The Roman Army, outnumbered ten to one, had the task of keeping the peace. It was a particularly daunting challenge because the Jewish people were celebrating a previous time in their history when they were set free from oppression [in Egypt.]
They were awaiting a new king: someone who would set them free from Roman oppression. The Romans were mindful that Jesus was reported to be this new king. This claim and this tension ultimately led to his crucifixion and then to the story of his resurrection.
Join us this week as we cover the events of this week via tradition, the facts, and the spiritual meaning. Unity is located at 301 E. Polk Ave. in Pharr and on the web at www.unity-pharrtx.org. Our “Let’s Get Metaphysical” study group meets Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. Find us live on Facebook Sundays at 10:40 am. Everyone is welcome!
From Tommy: “I called Michelle Nuñez at Catholic Charities and asked about the kinds of items they need assistance with in helping families coming across the border.
“This is what she noted: ‘Chips, bread, cookies, ham, cheese, deodorant, shoelaces ?? (they take them anyway as a precaution for suicide.)’
“Perhaps we can start to announce this on Sunday to start a collection and set up a box in the back of the room for the non perishables.
“[Ms Nuñez] said we can drop them off there at Catholic Charities in San Juan.
“Thanks & bendiciones,
Last Sunday, as the last of the Yard Sale items** were on view in Penrod Hall, some members also suggested that many of us have gift bags of new toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss at home that we received from our dentists. One person mentioned having a bag full of sample soaps, shampoos, and other sample-sized toiletries that her truck-driving son gives her after staying in motels on the road. These items might also be welcome and helpful at the shelters.
**Sister G bought a pair of stretchy shorts in her size (!!), a book of old Tom Lehrer song lyrics circa her college years, and a CD playlist of ‘Oldies’ from the Simon & Garfunkel era, all for 50¢ each!
Everyone will be wanting to get home to their family dinners and Easter gatherings, but there will still be time to stay for a while after the service and visit over coffee and cookies in the Hall, while the children hunt for Easter eggs outside.
See you there!—Sis G ❤