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Over the Toes and Under the Clothes: St. Anne’s PCCW will be collecting new pack- aged socks, t-shirts and underwear for our Lenten Project this year. A laundry basket is located at the back of the church to place your donations. Thank you for your generosity!
Greetings on the 3rd week of Lent.
From the First Reading we see that from the burning bush, Moses is called by God to lead his people out of slavery into freedom. God has not forgotten his covenant, his promise to Abraham.
The Psalm too recalls God's kindness and mercy, his inexplicable mercy to sinners.
The Second Reading, from the first Letter to the Corinthians, explains to us "that God's saving deeds in the Exodus were written down for the Church, intended as a prelude and foreshadowing of our own Baptism by water, our liberation from sin, our feeding with spiritual food and drink." (Scott Hahn)
These acts of God from the Exodus that Paul recalls, are also given as a warning to us. Like the Hebrews of old, we too have failed to heed God's call, thinking ourselves to be self-righteous. Being a child of Abraham is no guarantee that we will reach the promised land of our salvation.
Faithful to his promise, God the Father sent Jesus to redeem all lives from destruction. The parable of the Fig tree speaks, on the one hand, of God's patience, but, on the other, of the urgency of the call to conversion.
Jesus warns us in the Gospel that we could perish at any moment. But this is not seen as God's punishment for being "great sinners," but because, like the children of Israel in the desert, we stumble into evil ways, fall into grumbling, and forget all the wonders of the Lord.
The call of Jesus to repentance is not a one-time deal, but a transformation, a choice, we must make every day.
The fig tree was given one last chance to produce fruit before it is cut down, so too Jesus is giving Israel one final opportunity to bear good fruit, which is the evidence of their repentance.
Lent is like that one last season for the fig tree. A chance to hear the Lord's call in our lives, a grace period in which we let Christ work in our hearts and souls as a gardener works on the fig tree, cutting away what chokes it, trying to cultivate good fruit. For us, fruit that will last into eternity.
A word of thanks to all who helped with the Fish Fry. Keep up the good work!
God bless you all,
Father Robert Letona
In the Gospel of Matthew, we read that Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where he fasted and prayed for “forty days and forty nights” (Matthew 4:2). What Jesus did was not something new. It was in fact part of an ancient tradition found throughout the Old Testament that included some of the most well-known prophets of Israel.
Here are three other biblical characters who, inspired by God, spent forty days in solitude and prayer.
The 2019 fish Fry’s will be on 4 Friday evenings beginning March 22, March 29, April 5, April 12. Many hands are needed each week to make our meal run smoothly. Please call if you are able to help with any or all of the four weeks. Your call to Janet will help eliminate all the time spent trying to contact workers. We are also in need of delicious desserts for the Fridays. We serve anywhere from 325-375 people each fish fry so we are in need of 18-20 desserts every week. Customers comment on the great meal and tasty variety of desserts we offer. All money earned is returned back to our parish for repairs and remodeling projects.
Greetings to you on the First Sunday of Lent. I hope and pray your Lenten observances (prayer, fasting, and almsgiving) are off to a good start.
We began Lent with the imposition of Ashes and the stark reminder that we “are dust, and unto dust” we shall return. This calls us to examine what our lives shall be between the time we have the ashes smudged across our foreheads and the time we become ash ourselves.
Through our Lenten observance we withdraw, with Jesus, into the desert to ex- amine our lives and to be cleansed and purified. But when we enter this time of penitence, this desert, we, like the Lord, will have to do battle. Prayer is our weapon against the Devil. Fasting is our weapon against the flesh and carnal desires. Almsgiving is our weapon against the pride, rage, and greed of this world.
The Gospel today recounts that epic scene of Jesus confronting the Devil. But in this confrontation the Lord relives in his flesh, the history of Israel.
Jesus goes out into the wilderness after having passed through water in his Baptism (Luke 3:22), just as Israel wandered the desert after passing through the Red Sea. Israel was tested in the desert for forty years, Jesus is led into the desert to be tested for forty days and nights.
He faces the same temptations that the people of Israel faced:
He’s tempted by the Devil at his most basic of needs, food. “Command that these stones be turned into bread. Jesus is tempted to grumble against God for food, as Israel had done.
Next, the Devil showed the Lord all the kingdoms of the earth and then tempted the Lord by saying “all this can be yours if you bow down and worship me.” In other words, “you don’t have to suffer.” When the Devil asks His homage, Jesus is tempted to do what Israel did in worshiping the golden calf.
Finally Jesus was tempted to doubt His Father’s plan just as Israel was tempted to disobey God and doubt God’s care for them at Massah.
To each temptation, Jesus fights the devil with the Word of God, quoting from Moses the lessons Israel was supposed to learn from its times in the desert. Jesus did what the people of Israel did not do, and he defeated the Devil.
The “forty” days of Lent recall the Lord’s time in the desert and the forty years of wandering of Israel. This is our Forty days of trial and purification.
Lent teaches us these lessons learned throughout today’s readings. The Lord promises us in the Psalm, “call upon me, and I will answer” (Psalm 91:15). Paul, too, promises the same in the second reading” “every one who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13).
Each of us is confronted with temptation everyday. Our Lord knows the struggle, he endured it himself, and His victory can be our victory. Do not forget the great deeds He works in our lives and to call upon the name of the Lord.
God bless you all, Father Robert Letona
From the Pope:
Pope recommends a 5-minute examination of conscience at the end of the day, because it will help us to "not postpone our conversion of heart"
Grow in self-control, Pope Francis urges, without making the excuse that God’s compassion will lead him to forgive your many sins. As the Book of Sirach says, “Delay not your conversion to the LORD, put it not off from day to day. For suddenly his wrath flames forth.”
As the season of Lent approaches, it’s most appropriate to “put on the armor of God” and ask for divine protection in this regard. The saints and angels that surround us are ready to come to our aid and shield us from the buffets of this world.
Below is a traditional prayer that can be prayed for this particular intention.
Defend us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, from all dangers of mind and body. And through the intercession of the blessed and glorious Mary, ever Virgin, Mother of God, of St. Joseph, of Thy Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all the saints, in Thy loving kindness grant us safety and peace; that, all adversities and errors being overcome, Thy Church may serve Thee in security and freedom.
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