During this third week of Lent, we begin our half-way point of this holy season. We are aware that we are weak, we fail and we sin. We turn to God for strength and healing for we are keenly aware of our need for his mercy and forgiveness. We are also aware that at times, we need to do some deep house cleaning and rid ourselves of unnecessary clutter. In today’s Gospel, Jesus cleanses the temple which should have been a house of prayer, and was turned into a place of business. We need to ask ourselves:
What might we need to cleanse ourselves of during this time in our lives?
What clutter keeps us away from a deeper relationship with God and others?
What about the temple of our heart? How aware are we that God dwells there?
What can we do to return to prayer, fasting and almsgiving?
This week we can spend time in refreshing our Lenten resolve. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a great place to start. Use the 10 Commandments given to us in the book of Exodus and sit with them. Let the Holy Spirit direct us and let us open our hearts to genuine conversion.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available every Saturday from 3:00 to 3:45 p.m. Also, the Parish Lenten Penance Service is on Monday, March 22nd at 7:00 p.m. with numerous priests to bring you God’s mercy and peace. Plan ahead and I hope to see you there.