St. Augustine Catholic Church
Sunday, March 13, 2022
Second Sunday of Lent
Lenten Reflection from Father Chris
Dear Church Family,
Last week through some sort of snafu, we were deprived of Fr. Chris’ very instructive words to us regarding Lent. Well, thanks be to God, here it is!
My brothers and sisters,
We know that Lent lasts for six weeks in which we have time to think and meditate on the death and suffering of Christ for our sakes. We received ashes as a sign to remind us that we are nothing before God other than dust and ashes and no one should ever be too proud of him or herself. This is a sign that we are prepared to do penance for our offences and to turn over a new leaf for a better Christian life.
The Church calls on us to intensify our determination to do penance by the avoidance of sin by going to Confession at Eastertime. We are exhorted to pray for the sins of the whole world, not just our own personal imperfections. Christ gives us the example to imitate Him who was tempted by the devil on three different instances and resisted him through the power and strength of God. Abstinence from eating meat on Fridays, fasting, and alms giving often seems to be declining but the Church holds to these actions for us still. Therefore, there is no other way of being holy than adhering to what the Church recommends to us during this Lenten time in our whole life as we look forward to being citizens of heaven. Amen.
Now some additional words from the Padre.
In the Readings we see that God calls us to make a commitment to His way and He in turn will generously reward us: “Look up at the sky and count the stars, so shall your descendants be.” What we do on earth is directly connected to our Heavenly relationship with God. If we are loving and obedient, imitators of Christ, “He will change our lowly body to conform with His glorified body by the power that enables Him also to bring all things into subjection to Himself.”
We see the forecast of this promise in the Transfiguration when Jesus’ face was changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white. God is always with us. True to His words to us. His covenant is continually being fulfilled. When we conduct ourselves according to the model Jesús has given us, we are to “stand firm in the Lord”, not as “enemies of the cross; not having their stomach as their God, nor glorying in their “shame” and being occupied with earth things.” Remember our citizenship is in heaven, and from it, during this Lenten time, we await a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Love, Fr. Bob