The clocks change this weekend springing ahead one hour. Lent starts this weekend too, counting 40 days until the Paschal Triduum. We’ll even be singing a new Mass setting of responses with words that we know by heart but set to a familiar and comforting melody that might have us asking ourselves “where have I heard that before?” A change of time, season, and posture …. It truly is Lent!
Lent begins, as always, with an account of the Lord’s temptation in the desert during his “retreat from the world.” It follows his Baptism in the Jordan River where he was filled with the Holy Spirit. Saint Luke (4:1-13) presents a tri-fold conversation where Jesus rejects the increasing allure of the tempter who is identified as the devil. When the devil had finished “every temptation”, he departed “for a time.” For those of us baptized into Christ Jesus, while we are most certain that the Lord is near, we must also be certain that the devil has only departed for a time!
As we sing at Mass, hear in the background the familiar strains of a beloved hymn, “What Wondrous Love Is This.” If you might take a moment to read the words of this hymn, either at #642 in the Gather Hymnal or to Google the lyrics, I promise that your participation in the Mass itself will be greatly enriched as the acclamations speak to us on many different levels. after all, it is Lent!
Lord our God, you alone do we worship, only your word gives life. Sustain your Church on its Lenten retreat. When we walk through the desert of temptations, strengthen us to renounce the power of the devil. When our faith is tested by doubt, illumine our hearts with Easter’s bright promise.
On each Friday of Lent, Stations of the Cross will take place at 6:00pm. In addition, on coming Fridays of Lent there will be “Soup” Suppers in the Social Hall following the Stations of the Cross. “Soup Talks” will follow in Saint John Bosco Hall.
I want to thank those who have thus far responded to Our Catholic Appeal. We are making good and steady progress! Thank you! As of last weekend, 374 households of the parish have pledged $130,345.60 toward of assessment of $298,181 and 15 households from Mission Santo Toribio Romo have pledged $2,829 toward the assessment of $11,095.
May the week ahead be filled with countless graces and blessings!