Thoughts From Fr. Tom

March 1, 2013

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THOUGHTS FROM FR. TOM  3-03-13

“But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!” Jesus makes this statement twice in the Gospel today. While it may seem a little harsh, Jesus is making an important point. Those around Jesus were making a connection between loss of life in tragic situations as a way of being punished for sin. Jesus states that those who lost their lives in these tragedies were not more guilty than anyone else. He says that all of Jerusalem needs to repent and turn from their sinful ways or they will bring about their own suffering. Jesus reminds us that sin has consequences and one of the consequences is inevitable suffering. Jesus then tells a parable to remind us that God is continually tilling the soil of our lives and being patient with us so that we can bear good fruit. Lent is an opportune time to repent and turn away from sin!

In light of the Gospel today and its message to repent and turn away from sin, this is a good time to offer a reminder that all of us are encouraged to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent. This is a way for us to cleanse ourselves in preparation for Christ’s Resurrection. Through our participation in the Sacrament, we leave behind our sinful ways so that we can enter into the new life of Resurrection. Our parish Reconciliation service will be held on Sunday, March 17, at 7:00pm. We also have Reconciliation every Saturday from 3:30-4:15pm. During Lent, other area parishes will be having Reconciliation services that you are welcome to attend if the date is more convenient. Please see the bulletin for these listings. The important thing is for all of us to seek God’s forgiveness through the grace-filled Sacrament of Reconciliation.   Please plan to join us for our Lenten series on Vatican II that begins this Tuesday, March 5, at 6:30pm. A simple supper will be served at 6:00pm, so come a little early and share in the meal. Our presenter for this 3-part series is Fr. Jim Healy, who is the pastor at St. Robert Bellarmine Parish in Blue Springs. I think you will enjoy his knowledge and humor. During this Year of Faith, we are all encouraged to study the documents of Vatican II. And you can even receive special indulgences for participating. We hope to see you on Tuesday.

After our second big snowfall of the year, I think most of us are ready for a little spring weather. Hopefully, it will be here soon. Remember, the word “Lent” means springtime, so even if the weather isn’t cooperating, we are reminded that our Lenten journey is about spiritual renewal so that we can experience the new life of Easter. In this way, spring is always in our hearts. And maybe these homebound, wintry days give us an opportunity to pause from the regular activity of life and spend some time reflecting. Many Blessings!