Lent is a season of renewal. It is a time to prepare ourselves to celebrate the Paschal Mystery, the death and resurrection of Jesus. Lent is also a time that catechumens, those preparing to enter the Church, will celebrate the Rite of Election and the Scrutinies. They have been studying and receiving catechesis to prepare for the celebration of the sacraments of Christian Initiation. Catechumens are those who will receive Baptism, Holy Communion and Confirmation in celebration of their initiation into the Catholic Church. We also have others who are already baptized, and will now profess their faith in the Church and receive the Sacraments of Holy Communion and Confirmation.
Lent is a time for all of us to reflect on who we are as people of faith. It is a time to challenge ourselves to climb the mountain of the Lord, or go off and pray in the desert with Jesus who has gave his life for us. It is a time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. We are asked to take on some form of personal sacrifice in order to really enter into a faith-filled journey with Jesus. In doing this, we are recognizing the significance of Jesus’ sacrifice and symbolically taking up our own cross to follow Jesus. This is a somber time, beginning with ashes placed on our head in the form of a cross to remind us of the sacrifice Jesus made for us.
Over this Lenten Season, our readings will focus on the history of the people of Israel leading up to Jesus and his public ministry. From Genesis we read today: See I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants… God was speaking to Noah and his family. These eight people were spared in the great flood that wiped evil from the earth. At this time, God renewed his pledge to always take care of us.
The reading from 1st Peter remind us that despite difficulty or troubles, Jesus gave his life for us to lead us to God. Just as the flood waters of Noah destroyed those who had abandoned God, so now waters of Baptism will offer us new life in Jesus. Sin and temptation have been overcome by the Risen Lord.
In the Gospel of Mark, there is the briefest account of Jesus and his temptations in the desert. We hear about the encounter Jesus has with Satan. We hear the confidence in His message that God’s reign is at hand. It is time to repent and believe in the Gospel.
As we begin our Lenten journey, the Spirit is with us. May these forty days help us to learn God’s ways and grow in His love. May God bless our Lenten Journey.
~ Msgr. Bob
Bishop Michael Sheridan and Msgr. Bob Jaeger invite you to join them on a spectacular pilgrimage cruise along the Danube River October 31-November 10, 2018. The ship will travel through Germany, Austria, Slovak Republic and Hungary. Extensions are available to continue into other countries.
There is a limited number of cabins available for our group, so early registration is requested to get the type of room you desire.
Ongoing information will also be provided in The Catholic Herald.
Additional add-on destinations: Prague, Czech Republic, or Krakow and Czestechowa, Poland.