Grateful, Thankful, Blessed
Here it is, Lent 2020! This Wednesday we as a Church will join Christians around the world to receive the mark of ashes on our foreheads; a sign that we are beginning our Lenten journey. We will walk the next 40 days in remembrance of the incredible sacrifice of our Loving
Father, the suffering and death of his own Son for our salvation. Christ’s death on the Cross is a most powerful reality that resulted in the gift of our opportunity for eternal life with God. How can we possible repay that gift? Perhaps the reality is that we can never fully repay such an extravagant gift, yet we are called as members of the Body of Christ to live as disciples, grateful for the sacrifice God offered his people, thankful for a Son who took our sins upon himself and died that we might be saved, and blessed to know the debt for our sin has been paid and the path to eternal life is open. Lent calls us as disciples to draw closer to Jesus, traditionally through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Lent provides a time for us to reflect on how we are living as disciples of Jesus and the Church has long encouraged us to re-examine our lives in light of Christ’s teaching. How do we live in love with one another? Do we acknowledge our sinfulness? Are we able to ask for forgiveness and are our hearts open to change? How do our actions, words and attitudes affect others; our family, our friends, colleagues and classmates, the oppressed, the immigrants, all people of the world? With all of this in mind, we invite all members of our parish to consider this: How might we as a community be affected if we were to commit to a six week Lenten journey focused on how we are blessed by and grateful to God? Fr. Tim spoke today in his homily about using the lens of gratitude and thankfulness as we engage in prayer, fasting and almsgiving this Lent. Think about how you personally might do that and join us in community to develop in your heart gratitude and thanks. We can only imagine how we might be blessed, individually and as a community. Please take time to read the insert in this bulletin, share it with your family, especially children and grandchildren and then begin your Lenten journey of drawing closer to Jesus and his people. As we engage this Lent, let us do so remembering our salvation, for by it we are indeed grateful, thankful and blessed.