PASTOR'S MESSAGE FOR LENT 2021
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (February 17) and concludes when the Paschal Triduum begins with the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday (April 1). The disciplines of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving prepare us for the Paschal Triduum and Easter (cf. MT 6:1-18).
Our Lent 2021 theme is, “Beloved of God: A Redemptive Relationship". It is based on this verse from the Gospel Reading on the Fourth Sunday of Lent: “[Jesus said,] ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life’” (JN 3:16).
We are created in God's image because God is love (cf. 1 JN 4:8). When humanity was wounded by sin and death, God refused to abandon us because God is love. God provides the healing remedy for our sins to be forgiven and our lives to be fruitful within time and for eternity. These are the blessings of our primary redemptive relationship. When we help others to believe in God (or to deepen their faith), these are redemptive relationships too.
We are beloved people of God! As the pandemic wears on, we cannot get weary. We must remain vigilant about following public health mesaures. We must remain vigilant about living according to our identity in God and our inheritance from God. It is a salve for the struggles and traumas that many of us have experienced.
My homily series will describe different expressions of God's love for us. Deepening our appreciation of being beloved child of God will have a wonderful impact on our network of reltionships.
Let us pray for one another that we will have a fruitful observance of Lent. May God be with you and keep you safe.
Father Raymond Harris
Lent I • February 20 & 21
The Reign of God
In union with Christ, we announce
the good news that God reigns
Lent II • February 27 & 28
The Resolve of God
Christ is resolved
to redeem us from sin & death.
Remain resolved to be redeemed.
Lent III • March 6 & 7
The Righteousness of God
Christ teaches us that resolute people
strive to live with integrity.
Lent IV • March 13 & 14
The Remedy of God
Christ provides the healing remedy
for our sins to be forgiven
& our lives to be fruitful.
Lent V • March 20 & 21
The Reach of God
Christ invites all people
to receive the gift of salvation.