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The Lenten Desert has become very REAL

Clergy Corner by Fr. Williams

Building on what Fr. Ray beautifully said last week, this Lent is becoming more and more “real.” By this time, we feel like we have been locked in a tomb. Some of you have mentioned that you feel abandoned, either by your coworkers/job, your loved ones, or even your Church. Many feel cut off due to sickness, lack of finances, or fear of going anywhere or doing anything.  

The Lenten desert has become very “real.” This weekend we hear the Passion of Jesus Christ proclaimed to us. Jesus who was abandoned by those he worked with, stripped from his loved ones, had everything taken from him, was then locked in a tomb. Sound familiar?

Let us not forget though, every Lent has an Easter. Every sundown has a sunrise. For every set of disciples locked in a room out of fear, there is the eventual moment when Jesus appears among them and brings hope. For every passion and death, there is a resurrection on the other side.

But first, let’s suffer with him this week. Let’s go all out.  Die to self, die to the world, die to attachments that are anything less than Christ himself. Let us practice much penance this week, much prayer and fasting and almsgiving as we appeal to the Lord in this difficult time for our brothers and sisters suffering here and abroad.  

Go down into the waters of the Jordan this week, the waters of his Passion and death, so that we may rise up after, leaving that Lenten desert, and entering triumphant in the Easter Resurrection. Amen.

 

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