THOUGHTS FROM FR. TOM 2-17-13
In the Gospel for this First Sunday of Lent we hear Luke’s version of the story of Jesus being led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, to be tempted by the devil. Jesus overcomes all the temptations presented to him as he places his trust in God and follows the commands of God. Although we do not physically have to go to the desert, each year we are given this forty day period of Lent to confront our own temptations and deepen our trust in God. What temptations do we need to confront? In what ways do we need to be cleansed and purified during these forty days? May this holy season lead us closer to Christ.
This past Monday we heard the unexpected and historic news that our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, will resign from the papacy at the end of this month for health reasons. While Pope’s have resigned before, it seems the last time it happened was over 600 years ago. The news has made headlines around the world which certainly points to the importance of the Pope’s role for not only Catholics but people all over the globe. I think we should commend Pope Benedict for his humility in recognizing the seriousness of his duties and the fact that he no longer feels able to fulfill these duties. As we wait for a successor, let us keep Pope Benedict in our prayers and ask the Holy Spirit to continue to guide our Church and leaders.
This weekend, the catechumens and candidates from our parish will be celebrating the Rite of Election with Bishop Finn at the Cathedral with other adults and children from around the diocese preparing to enter the Catholic Church at Easter. We are blessed to have over 60 catechumens and candidates in formation at Presentation. This is a remarkable number and we give thanks for their witness of faith and desire to join in our Catholic Christian tradition. Please keep our elect and candidates in your prayers.
Next Sunday, February 24, Bishop Finn is scheduled to celebrate the 10:00am Mass here at Presentation. During this Year of Faith, the Bishop is trying to visit different regions of our diocese to help promote a renewed commitment to our faith. We have been chosen as one of these regional sites. We welcome Bishop Finn into our community.
Please be sure to check the bulletin, our website, and the Lenten Guide for all the activities happening during Lent. Remember, you can join us for daily Mass, Monday through Friday, at 6:30am and 8:15am, and every Friday of Lent for Stations of the Cross at 7:00pm.