So how is Lent going for you so far? Has it been a journey of change or challenged you to think in new ways or find time for one another or a space for prayer and God in your life?
Already I have to seek forgiveness as last week I failed in finding the time to write a short reflection on transformation following us marking the Transfiguration. Jesus was revealed as the longed for Messiah – a link to the past and a glimpse of the future.
This week we celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation where Mary showed the purest discipleship and faith in simply saying yes to God’s call and plan for her. However daunting or challenging this would be she trusted God’s plan for her. At times people believe that Catholics are worshipping Mary as a god. In essence the reality is that we are asking Mary to pray, or intercede, on our behalf.
In the psalm this week we hear “Hear I am, Lord! I come to do your will.” What will this mean for you each day? Mary’s response was “I am the handmaid of the Lord, let what you have said be done to me.” This continued from the moment she heard of God’s call for her to standing at the foot of the cross in Jesus’ suffering and death.
Jesus’ teaching can be summarised with two words – love and forgiveness. If we want to be closer to God we need to show this love and forgiveness each day as friends, teachers or parents. In doing this we can live a life of faith and grow closer to one another and God. As we learn in the parable of the Lost Son the first step on the long walk home is simply to say sorry, to recognise how we can be more loving and more forgiving.
So what can you do this week?
- How can we say “YES” to faith in our lives?
- What can we do to be more loving and forgiving to one another?
- How can we ask for forgiveness from one another and God?
- Can you go to reconciliation as a sacrament to show this commitment and “walk lighter” experiencing God’s love and forgiveness?