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A JOURNEY THROUGH LENT – SPEAK LORD, YOUR SERVANT IS LISTENING

We are a little late in putting up our Lenten reflections but we trust that they may still be helpful for those who read this blog.  We are united with the whole Church as we journey through this Lenten season towards Easter..It is that time again, LENT. Like anyone who is bothering to read this blog I am thinking about what I should do for Lent this year. The thought occurs to me that if I rephrase the question I might come up with a more fruitful answer. So I ask myself what do I want Lent to do for me? By the time Easter arrives what would I like to be different about me? How can I make that happen?The season of Lent is God’s gift to us to renew our lives in holiness. By the end of Lent I want to be more aware of God’s love for me and in response to that love to love God more and to reveal his love to others.The word Lent comes from an old English word lencten meaning ‘springtime’. Spring cleaning is a term we are all familiar with. Once the days begin to lengthen and get brighter we get an itch to empty cupboards and wash curtains, to get into corners where dust, grime and dirt may have gathered without our noticing it during the dark days of winter. This image might not be very vivid in our time when electricity provides us with light twenty four hours a day . But think back to a time of candle light and gas lamps. Light that focused on one area and left the rest in shadow and it becomes quite a powerful image for […]

Reflection on the Readings for the 4th Sunday of Lent

“My son, my child, you are with me always and all I have is yours.”We can never ever fathom this mystery of God’s unbounded love for us. He has given us everything. God who is love saying to each one of us:  “you are the recipient of my infinite love. I have sent my Son to live among you as one of yourselves; to die a most horrible death so that you might be with me forever — if only you would listen and turn to him and accept our merciful and forgiving love.”For me this morning’s readings at Mass help me to appreciate this tremendous gift. In the 1st reading the Lord says to Joshua, “Today I have taken away the shame of Egypt from you.” Yes in this day of your baptism (remember it is always the eternal now within the Blessed Trinity) we too have been snatched away from the evil one and given a participation in the life of God Himself.In the gospel the prodigal father, when his son repents of his sinful life, takes away the shame of his life of debauchery and the disgrace as a Jew of feeding pigs, so we in our turn as we draw close to Jesus and the Father are forgiven and clothed in the splendid robe of grace. Let us repeat over and over again, “it is all God’s work” for he has chosen us to be his very own by letting us live in Christ “who for our sake God the father made the sinless One Jesus into sin so that we might become the goodness of God.”The responsorial psalm invites us, “taste and see that the Lord is good.” Blessed […]