FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT
The curtain rises again on the Lenten
drama that takes us from the bleakness ofthe desert to the bleakness of Golgotha, a
drama that deals with the clashing themes
of light and darkness, good and evil, death
and life. We are drawn into the opening
scene today as Jesus, prepares for the trials
and tribulations ahead. As He enters the
solitude of the Wilderness, He beckons us
in, so that, together we may encounter the
Father, and grow stronger through the
testing. May the season ahead enable us to
bring peace to our past, purpose to our
present and hope to our future. ‘Lent
comes providentially to reawaken us, to
shake us from our lethargy’ (Pope Francis).
‘Lent is like a long retreat during which
we can turn back into ourselves and listen
to the voice of God’ (Pope Benedict).
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