Thought for the Week

1 Mar 2018

This Sunday marks the Third Sunday of Lent.

We are now halfway through our Lenten journey.

This week our Gospel comes from St John’s Gospel Chapter 2: 13-25 NIV when Jesus clears the Temple Courts.

When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

As we mark this point on our pilgrimage, we might ask ourselves some questions:

How is our personal journey of Lent going? How is our relationship with God? With others? With those who are closest to us? Do we have enthusiasm for God’s house?  Do we have a zeal for prayer? For serving others?  Don’t worry if you have failed and feel as though you have fallen on the Lenten road.  Just take stock of how you can continue, pick yourself up, dust yourself down and begin all over again.  Remember that our loving God is full of mercy and compassion for us.  He will help us to keep going.

Over this next week, let us ask God to give us a desire to spend quality time with Him in the quiet of Church or by taking part in Mass with a more thankful and prayerful heart.  During the next few weeks of Lent why not try to go to church more for extra services such as Stations of the Cross, Eucharistic Adoration, Bible study or maybe an evening Mass.  Maybe we can say grace before and after meals with our families and give thanks to God for all the blessings He has given to us.

Our Lenten fasting, prayer and charitable giving are our stepping stones to help us reach our goal – our arrival to commemorate the suffering, Death and Resurrection of Jesus at Easter.  Lent should be a fruitful time for us to re-establish our covenant of love with the God who loves us unconditionally and without reserve.

Heavenly Father,  as we continue on our Lenten journey please help us to keep close to you and continue with our prayer fasting and charitable giving.  Help us to strengthen our love relationship with You and inspired by Jesus’ example may we continue to love and serve each other so your Kingdom may come.  We ask this in Jesus’ Name.  Amen