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Back Second Sunday of Lent
Friday, March 15, 2019
From the Desk of Fr. Ron…….
On the topic of friendship the wisdom literature of the Bible renders us sagely advice: “Let those who are friendly with you be many, but one in a thousand your confidant.” (Sirach 6:6). Such true relationships take an investment of a great deal of our time and care, but how necessary it is to have someone like that enriching our lives. Such was the unique relationship between God and many of our religious patriarchs. Abraham grew in his faith in an unseen God who revealed Himself and called Abram to leave his comfortable surroundings and follow Him to a land God would indicate. Without question Abram follows God’s lead. Thus, God makes promises to Abram. “God took Abram outside and said: Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you can. Just so, He added, will your descendants be. Abram put his faith in the LORD, who attributed it to him as an act of righteousness.” (Genesis 15:5-6). We often call Abram our “Father in Faith.” God then gives Abram instructions to prepare animal sacrifices for a covenant ritual of promise. In ancient agreements such as displayed in this passage from Genesis 15, the two parties making the agreement would walk through the two portions of the sacrificed animals declaring: “May such a fate as befell these animals, befall me if I am untrue to this covenant agreement.” It is amazing that while witnessing this event, Abram does not walk through the sacrificed animals himself but sees a burning torch and smoking pot do so. These are symbols of God’s presence walking through the covenant agreement and holding Himself, that is God’s self bound to these decrees. In our Gospel passage from Luke, Chapter 9, Jesus gives Peter, James and John a glimpse into heavenly glory through the experience of the Transfiguration. St. Paul in his letter to the Philippians, Chapter 3:20; calls to mind that any of us who have been baptized have our citizenship already claimed in heaven. We are destined for glory; the same glory of the transfiguration. May we avail ourselves to the time it takes to build that relationship with God especially in our Lenten observances. May our Lenten sacrifices and experiences of prayer, fasting and almsgiving help build up the Kingdom of God and discipline ourselves to be proper citizens of such a Kingdom of Glory.
CALLING ALL PALMS……Many have wondered and asked: “what do we do with our older dried out palm branches from last Palm Sunday?” Answer: You may bury them in the ground, burn them yourselves or bring them to church with you and deposit them in a special container that will be available in the sacristy room throughout our Lenten journey. These will then be reverently burned and the ashes stored and utilized for Ask Wednesday, next year. Thank you.
CONGRATULATIONS to Jessica Wilhelm (photo on left) who with Debbie Daigler (photo on right) participated in the “Rite of Election” with Bishop Malone at the Cathedral of St. Joseph this past Sunday. Each year Catechumens, those being prepared to enter the church through Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist from around the Diocese have the opportunity to be officially called, prayed for and strengthened by their participation in this Rite. Their names are then signed into the Book of the Elect. We pray for Jessica as she journeys to Holy Saturday