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The Gospel Reading for the First Sunday of Lent
presents us with an alternative approach to Lent.
Echoing Israel’s desert sojourn following the Exodus
from Egypt, Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness in communion with his
heavenly Father. He went into that
experience believing God would guide him
and prepare him for what lay ahead in public ministry. Jesus could live with
the isolation, danger and barrenness of the wilderness because he firmly believed that God would stay at his side in
each of those experiences. He wasn’t asked to give up anything for that
forty days or to do something extra.
We replicate the wilderness experience each and every
time we enter into the season of Lent. The season has little to do with what
we’re going to do for God; rather it is about what God will do for us if we
allow him into our lives.
Jesus we want to overcome temptations of selfishness, pride and power, who is
going to set our Lenten agenda – ourselves or God?
“the wilderness invitation is definitely about refusing
the temptation to do more, be more or achieve more and very much about
accepting limitations and emptiness and discovering joy ……and yet the
wilderness is beautiful, revelatory and rewarding exactly because it clears the
decks for God – which is why God invites us into it”. (Laurie Vere: Church Times 2017)
If that free-form approach to the season of Lent is not
for you, then why not take a look at our Parish Lenten Programme: “Be
the Best You Can Be this Lent” which offers, a more traditional
approach with opportunities for quiet times, for reflection and interaction
with other parishioners if that is part of your Lenten plan. You can find out
more in the Lenten section of our website.
In addition, you might want to listen to the brief
daily reflection on our home page which changes day by day as well as exploring
the social justice section of the site menu which provides ideas for bringing
about change where it is needed in our global family?
Why not sign up also for the three minute daily
reflections delivered to your mobile device via: https://dynamiccatholic.com/best-lent-ever?
Whatever you choose to do and whatever approach you
adopt, may you have a fruitful and reflective Lenten season.
Priest - Fr John McElhone
Contact Number - 0191 2623820
Priest in Residence - Fr Pat O'Connell
Contact Number - 0191 2632159
St Bernadette's Parish Centre: 0191 2621156
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We hope that you will enjoy listening to the daily
reflections which change every day and last for about three minutes. These very
practical reflections, based on the daily Gospel readings and produced on
behalf of the American Bishops, provide us with our spiritual food for the day
throughout the Lenten season. If real spiritual growth and understanding
is what you are looking for, we believe these reflections will help.