To keep a true Lent
From the Faith in Our Future Blog of Pastoral Planning Office Director Daniel Ang
As we walk in the steps of Christ this Lent, we have listened to the account of Jesus’ temptation in the desert and of his transfiguration on high, with Moses and Elijah appearing beside him, symbols of the Law and Prophets. Jesus, the divine Son of Man, keeps company with those who suffer on account of their fidelity to God.
The readings from the weekend of 7 and 8 March brought us to focus on Jesus’ cleansing of the Temple, his overturning of the money changers’ tables in zeal for his Father’s house.
Many themes are thread through this scene which appears in all four Gospels – the origin and sovereignty of Jesus’ authority, his concern for right worship of God, while the implications of this temple cleansing for us in our time and season are unmistakeable.
It is by our constant spiritual renewal and purification, as individuals and communities, that the light of Christ, the light of humanity, can shine forth brightly in our Church and world. It is by our deepening and dedicated love of God, and a zeal for his mission, that God’s love for humanity becomes more transparent to a watching and waiting world.
As shared in the March edition of Catholic Outlook, Lenten light has shone bright in many of our parishes who have responded to this season with prayerfulness and a renewed dedication to extend Jesus’ mission into the wider community. All across the Diocese of Parramatta communities are praying the Stations of the Cross, fasting in faith, and serving others with sacrificial love. We hope our Lenten resources have assisted you and your family, parish and school communities to enter into this spirit of love and to keep a true Lent.
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