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Second Sunday of Lent

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March 1, 2015

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       “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” And listen they did. From that moment on, Peter, James, and John were ardent followers, forsaking every- thing to follow in their Master’s footsteps. Like the psalmist crying, “O Lord, I am your servant,” the three disciples committed themselves to lives of incredible hardship and indescribable joy. After that day on the mountain, they never again wavered in their chosen vocation.

      Though our tests may not be as severe as Abraham’s and our peak experiences not as dramatic as the Transfiguration,we all face the daily challenges of walking “before the Lord in the land of the living.” As we follow our varied calls to love and serve, let’s be comforted by Paul’s reminder to the Romans: “If
God is for us, who can be against us?”

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      “Este es mi Hijo amado; escúchenlo”. Y sí que lo escu- charon. Desde ese momento, Pedro, Santiago y Juan fueron sus ardientes seguidores, desechándolo todo para seguir las huellas del Maestro. Tal como proclama el salmista, “Señor, he aquí tu servidor”, los tres discípulos se comprometieron a vidas de increíbles penurias e indescriptible gozo. Después de ese día en la montaña, nunca más dudaron de la vocación escogida.
      Aunque nuestras pruebas no sean tan severas como la de Abraham, ni nuestros momentos sublimes tan dramáticos como la Transfiguración, todos confrontamos los retos cotidianos de caminar “en presencia del Señor en el país de la vida”. Mientras seguimos nuestros diversos llamados a amar y servir, seamos confortados por lo que Pablo les recuerda a los romanos: “Si Dios está a nuestro favor, ¿quién estará en contra nuestra?”

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“If God is for us, who can be against us?”
— Romans 8:31b


  “Si Dios está a nuestro favor, ¿quién estará en contra nuestra?
— Romanos 8:31b





  Dear Parishioners and Friends,


      Today is the Second Sunday of Lent.

     During Lent, we meditate on the great paschal mystery—the salvation God won for us sinners, by the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

     Lent is a time of preparation and self-sacrifice through prayer, penance, repentance, almsgiving, fasting and abstinence and self-denial or giving up worldly desires and activities.

     Prayer is our conversation with God. More time given to prayer draw us closer to the Lord. It is through prayer that we develop a closer, more intimate relationship with God. This relationship makes us so grateful for the blessings he has bestowed upon us that we become eager to give to those less fortunate than us. Fasting and almsgiving, without prayer, do not have much meaning; they are mere actions we do out of tradition.

     Fasting, which means partaking of only one full meal, is one of the most ancient actions linked to Lent. Fasting without changing our behavior is not pleasing to God (Isaiah 58:3-12). The goal of fasting is linked with prayer. The pangs of hunger remind us of our hunger for God. Prayer and fasting together brings us to what Lent is about—a deeper conversion. Abstinence from certain foods is also a biblical discipline. As a way of commemorating Christ’s Crucifixion on a Friday, we abstain from meat on Fridays during Lent and eat fish, which is a symbol of Christ.

     Almsgiving is a response that come through prayer and fasting. Almsgiving is an expression of our gratitude for all that God has given us. Through prayer and fasting we come to a deeper understanding that the needs of all are the responsibility of all in the Body of Christ. We are the Body of Christ!

     Penance. We must all turn from sin and make reparation to God for our sins. We must forgive and show love for one another just as we ask for God’s love and forgiveness.

     Let us pray to the Holy Spirit to grant us a heart to pray, a heart to share, a heart to serve, a heart to witness, and a heart to build bridges.

Fr. Bernard Ranoa



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