given at The Annual Holy Cross Sports Banquet each year.
We live in a time when many people think God is absent. Recognizing God’s powerful presence demands reorienting and realigning our whole being so that we will experience the world with God as its ground and center. Lent comes to awaken us! As we prepare for the dim, dark days of winter to diminish and the light of spring to return, we should long for the Light that is in each of us to be set aflame. We should yearn to be purified again in its gentle warmth. Lent should send us searching for light in Scriptures, in our prayer, and in each other. Light is how God broke into the world in the first place. “Let there be light,” He said. He offered the life of his Son to be the Light for the human race—a light to shine in the darkness, a light the darkness cannot overcome. Light is what heralded the resurrection—an angel’s arrival shook the earth, shining as bright as lightning in the dimness of a garden at dawn. Let us pray in Lent for God’s light to break into our life, to light the path forward. But Lent’s light is more than what we receive. It’s about who we are, what we should be about, and how we can be God’s light in the world.
This weekend we begin using the black books. Please take one per family and pray together each day of Lent. The bulletin reflects the opportunities you have to grow, and light your journey of faith.
Prayer: Send forth your light and truth, O Lord, that I might see your face in those I meet and hear your Word proclaimed on the street corners and in the kitchens. May you lead me to the place where you dwell, that I might sing your praises forever.
Peace, Mary Jo
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