Lent Series 2020: Being Sent Into the Desert
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Join Deacon Jim McFadden for a faith-sharing experience this Lent on Mondays, March 2 - April 6
March 9: Listen!
Our magnificent first reading is a short passage from the beginning of the 12th chapter of the book of Genesis. We see at this point in the creation story jealousy, rivalry, anger, murder, imperialism, arrogance, drunkenness, indeed, a wickedness has spread over the entire face of the earth. So what does God do? He sends a rescue operation! The rescue operation is going to come in the form of a people trained to listen again to the voice of the Lord. During this season of Lent we must also become a people trained to listen so as to be rescued by the Resurrection.
March 16: Let the Water of Christ Fill your Bucket
This Sunday we have the great privilege of hearing the story of the woman at the well, the definitive text on Christian evangelization. Take the time this week for a prayerful reading of this story and notice that as this woman seeks, she’s already been found! If only we would surrender to our God who is already always pursuing us! Then, we might realize how the Everlasting Lord is the only one who can quench the otherwise unquenchable thirst of our hearts. Make the effort this Lent to clear a path and set down your old buckets so that the water of Christ’s divine life can flow through you.
March 23: “We Can See Clearly Now”
Our Gospel story for this weekend is the narrative of the man born blind. In the Bible and in John particularly, sight is used as a metaphor for spiritual vision or faith. Therefore, the man born blind is every one of us, born in the state of original sin. The Church, through the Sacraments, offers us the salve of Christ’s Incarnation so we might be converted, healed, baptized, and attending Mass in right praise.
March 30: “Let Him Go!”
The great Lenten readings for Cycle A move in a kind of crescendo from thirst, to blindness, to death—all metaphors for spiritual dysfunction. This Sunday’s Gospel deals with death through the story of Lazarus who, after four days in his tomb ,represents someone who is totally sunk in sin, totally dead spiritually. The voice of Jesus calls Lazarus, and all of us, back to life no matter what we’ve done, no matter how dead we are.
April 6: Into the Maelstrom of Sin
On Palm Sunday, we are privileged to listen to one of the great passion narratives. In Matthew’s account, we see Jesus as a still-point in the maelstrom, as God’s fidelity amidst a cacophony of sin. In the course of the passion, Jesus confronts betrayal, laziness, violence, untruth, abuse of power, self-destruction, and wanton cruelty—the whole panoply of human dysfunction. And he takes away this sin precisely by his obedience and his mercy.