Jesus went off to the desert for 40 days. With no cell phone, computer, tablet, friends, what did he do with all that time? With no distractions, Jesus had time to give thoughtful observation to his life and its direction. Once he had spent time in contemplation, he began his ministry of preaching – “The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the gospel.”
The choice of 40 days for Lent is deliberate. The Church provides us with this time of contemplation. Having taken a moment at Ash Wednesday to review our lives, we hopefully have discovered an aspect of our lives that needs our thoughtful observation. What do we like? What do we not like? What direction are we going? Is it a good direction? Does it need some revision? Would a whole overhaul be needed?
The purpose of 40 days is to avoid any hasty conclusions. With contemplation, we might be able to determine what we believe is truth versus simply our perception of what is happening. When Jesus left the desert, he wasn’t unclear about the direction or message. He spoke it boldly and without apology. Lent should lead us to the clarity by which we can begin to live the message that is revealed through our contemplation.
So are we ready for this time of Lent? Has the contemplation begun? Much should spin and revolve in our mind as we stir the waters of our lives! What will this time reveal? Will we have the clarity from which to move forward?
Sharing news about the parish . . .
As a parish, we pray for those who have died. A wish of God’s peace is extended to the family and friends of George Hrdina. We celebrate his entrance into eternal life. May our prayers support and encourage those who mourn. May he rest in peace!
How are you celebrating the journey for Lent? Hope you are involved in our “Living the Eucharist” program!
The Stations of the Cross are scheduled for Lent. Enjoy a fish fry and plan to join the praying of the Stations of the Cross on February 20, March 6 and March 20 at 6:15 p.m.!
Speaking of Stations, some people have asked why 16? The first station, not often included in booklets for the Stations of the Cross, is Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane; if included, it might be an Opening Prayer. Typical to Stations of the Cross is 14 stations; the next fourteen stations follow most booklets. The sixteenth station is the resurrection. Booklets will include The Resurrection of Jesus and call it a closing prayer. Thanks for asking about the unique set owned by St. Anne Parish!
Diocesan Annual Appeal – Steady progress is inching our way to our Appeal target. We have $49,866 in cash, pledges of $61,591. To reach our target, we still need over $37,000. 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!