Category Archives: Lent

God of the Living

My Dear Parishioners, MID-LENT CHECK-IN God says to Moses, “This is what you shall tell the Israelites: I AM sent me to you…The LORD, the God of your [ancestors], the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob” (Exodus 3:14, 15). As Jesus would later say, God is not a God of the dead, but of the living, and so we believe that the dead will one day rise. At this midpoint of Lent, we pause to consider how our repentance is leading us to the Resurrection, to our reunion with the great “I AM.” Part of our repentance involves working to secure justice for all and helping our neighbor to live in God’s ways. We encourage each other and nurture each other, like the compassionate gardener of today’s Gospel, who tells the owner of the orchard that he will nurture the tree, fertilize it, and perhaps…

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Lent & Fasting

My Dear Parishioners, Let us ask whether the fasting and penitential disciplines we have planned for ourselves this Lent are not TOO easy. Are they rooted in custom and tradition that have become almost automatic, second nature to us? Food, drink, entertainment have so often been the focus of our penitential attention. I would like to suggest another are of our life as a potentially fruitful are in which to improve. Ourrelationships! How we relate to others in our family, school, at work, at church could always be improved. We need to treat others as persons of dignity and worth for whom Jesus suffered and died on the cross. Any word or action that demeans or disrespects or judges them is an insult to Jesus. Holding my tongue before criticizing is a great penance which God will surely accept as a pleasing sacrifice when we link it to the Sacrifice…

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