Hello my brother and sisters. This season of Lent is off to a busy start. I hope that you and your family are putting into practice some
Hello my brother and sisters. This season of Lent is off to a busy start. I hope that you and your family are putting into practice some of the things I shared with you last month: praying together, volunteering together and fasting together. These are all good ways to bring us closer to God.
As we continue our prayers this season, I think it is important for us to remember our Holy Father, Pope Benedict who left the papacy on Feb. 28. Let us also keep in our thoughts the cardinals who now gather to elect a new pope. Our prayers and good wishes go out to them all at this time of change in our worldwide church.
If we think about it, change is a part of Lent and our Easter celebration. Throughout Lent, we recall the 40 days that Jesus spent in the desert before he began his public ministry and we are called to renew ourselves or in other words make changes. As we grow spiritually during Lent, we pray to love God more and we fast to exercise our will to say no to temptations and yes to God. We are also called to share with others because our God shares so much with us. Our journey through these 40 days changes our words and actions, softening our hearts and makes us more Christ-like.
Palm Sunday is the next date we are looking towards as it marks the beginning of Holy Week. During Holy Week we remember Jesus’ ceremonial entry into Jerusalem and what occurred in the final days of his life on earth. Our Easter celebration at the end of this month is the centerpiece of our liturgical year. In Christ’s resurrection we rejoice in the joy and wonder of the central ministry of our faith.
As you and your family continue your Lenten journey, I wish you peace. May you all feel the joy and hope in the risen Christ and the promise of your eternal life with God.
A blessed Easter to you all.