“Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed.” To listen to these words, two words come to mind – Death Sentence. The words carry an ominous feel. Life might be shattered if we thought this would be our fate. Yet the story is more about the mercy of God. When hearing the sentence, the people of Nineveh rise up and turn to God to ask His mercy. They hoped that God would relent and save them.
The opportunity of Lent is not simply about sin and death. We are invited to prepare for God’s mercy. The ability to pray, give to charity, fast and be reconciled from our sin is to seek God’s mercy. If we trust in His love, then the things that startle or bring out our fears should be the very things which we carry to our God. Thus the Lenten journey begins by looking at our lives and asking – what would be our “death sentence”? What in our lives is not what we want it to be? How can we seek the mercy and love of God to help us look at it, determine how to change it and allow God’s grace and mercy to strengthen us? In this way we might know life, not death. We remember that the Gospel can transform us. The Gospel can be light in the midst of our darkness.
In the words of Ash Wednesday, “turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.” Do we believe that God saves? Do we believe that the cross has a message for our lives? How will Lent lead us to see that we have been released from our death sentence – God’s mercy is greater and we are made joyful by His mercy!
Sharing news about the parish . . .
Ash Wednesday, February 18, is the start of Lent. Begin to think about your Lenten plans. How will you use this special spiritual time?
The Stations of the Cross have been installed in the church. Special lighting is being installed. Watch for opportunities to pray the Stations of the Cross during Lent.
Lenten Fish Fry plans are unfolding. Many hands are needed to make this happen as well as patrons to enjoy the menu offerings! Plan to be involved – every week during Lent would be awesome!
Diocesan Annual Appeal – We are inching our way to meet our Appeal target. We have $42,537 in cash, pledges of $57,463. To reach our target, we still need over $42,000. April 1 is coming quickly and we need many more families who are willing to donate. Who is willing to respond to our need?
May the blessings of God be showered upon you this week!