Wednesday, February 25, 2009

To help you with Lent . . .

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Wouldn't it be great if everybody in the parish Community came to Mass each day during Lent. We would really have a sense that the Lord has called us on pilgrimage together! Unfortunately, that is logistically impossible because of distance, work and school commitments, family diplomacy and a host of other good reasons.

Now, I know that you'll all be keeping Lent individually - and the personal dimension of what we do is acknowledged by Jesus himself in the Gospel for Ash Wednesday ". . . and your Father who sees in secret will reward you." (Matthew 6:18). But to help you feel more part of the Community's keeping of Lent, I am posting on this blog EACH MORNING the Mass readings (RSV translation) and a prayer for the day. Furthermore, there will be a link to a short meditation on the theme of the readings.

So, when you turn your computer on at home, at work, or at school, come here to this blog FIRST - before you get side-tracked! Then, no matter how rushed your schedule might be, you will be able to spend a few precious moments with the Word of God. Doing so will nourish your Lenten journey, and keep you in step with the parish Community, even though you can't be at Mass.

May the Lord bless you and keep you.


Anonymous said...

Dear Bishop: this is a wonderful help and reminder and will be a useful adjunct to many who find that they are constrained by the demands of modern life from attending Mass as frequently as they would like and should. It is a Blessing.

FrEdBakker said...

Dear + David,
This venture is a wonderful idea and is much appreciated by the undersigned.

Lenten greetings,

Revd.Deacon Ed Bakker.SSM
TAC New Zealand

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