LENTEN PARISH MISSION April 6 – 12, 2019 Theme: The Presence of God in my Life… Conducted by Fr. Claudio Piccinini at St. Dominic’s Parish

THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT



Reflection from the desk of Fr. Terry

Jesus in today's gospel talks about judgement and punishment. Jesus does not agree about the Jewish belief that the tragedies and misfortunes befall us are punishment coming from God or if we are enjoying good fortune, it's a reward from God for a good life. For the Jews, if your house is burned down of if you have child born with mental and physical defect or your spouse died young or you got sick, it was a sign that God punishes you for the sins committed. Jesus says 'No'! we should not link sins with tragedies and misfortunes. On the contrary it is not for us to judge people and their sins. No one but God really knows what is in the human heart. God is not an avenging God, ready to pounce upon anyone who violates the law. He is a compassionate God who seeks sinners.

SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT



Reflection from the desk of Fr. Terry

Transfiguration:
The transfiguration of Jesus is to confirm us in our faith that Jesus is truly God and truly Son of God. Second to make us reflect and to remember that if Christ was transfigured though God, we His followers should also strive to be transfigured, to be changed in the newness of our minds and hearts. Third, transfiguration is a preview of His resurrection and glory. The church reminds us that this glorious event has to be achieved through suffering and pain.

They went up to the mountain in order to pray. Prayer is the time to connect the gap between Him and us and to align our thinking with God. It is because there are times that we try to adjust God’s thinking to ours as when Peter tried to change Jesus’ mind about suffering and death but he was told: “Satan, get behind me.” We should not get ahead of God and show Him the way. Instead we have to follow Him. We can go to God and talk to Him not only about our own problems, the broken pieces of our lives, the sad thing and the things we are missing, but also the beautiful things we have received but took for granted, all the talents and abilities and the resources which are still unused. Prayer is not in the first place, asking for good things. It is a transfiguration on our part. We can reevaluate our commitment and find new vision in our lives.

Let us spend more time in prayer. Praying is not trying to get God on our side but making sure we are on God’s side and bring us closer to Him who lives within our heart.

FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT


Reflection from the desk of Fr. Terry

Temptation:

Every year in the first Sunday of Lent we read the gospel story of Jesus being tempted by Satan. One of the purposes of that story can be to remind us to say 'NO' to Satan. The story was told in order for us to be reminded not to be surprised if Satan will tempt us also because Jesus was tempted. The temptation can only come from the devil. God will never tempt us, God can only test us. The difference between temptation and test is that when the devil tempts us, it is intended to make us bad. When God tests us, it is intended to make us better. When the devil tempts us, it is intended to  drive us away from the Lord. When God tests us, He actually invites us to cling to Him during that period or trial.
Lent is the best time and opportunity for us  to bring about change in life. a time to repent, renounce and renew for a better life.God does not give us an easy journey but only a safe arrival. It might be difficult but with God, all things are possible.