Fr. Raymond Gramata, Pastor
March 9, 2014
From your Pastor,
As we begin this first full week of Lent, the Bradford and Lewis Run faith community is privileged to have Bishop Lawrence Persico celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation for our young men and women. I am grateful for his presence.
As we continue on our Lenten journey that leads to Easter joy, let us look at what can we do different this year? Too often we just focus on the notion or practice of giving something up for Lent. Maybe we should change and ask ourselves what positive thing I can do for Lent. Can I give more time to God? How can I show my faith better to the family, the parish community, and the community at large? As in the past, daily Mass will be celebrated in the Church during Lent and on Thursdays at 7 p.m. the Stations of the Cross will be celebrated followed by the celebration of the sacrament of Penance (Recollection).
Looking at the Scripture readings for this Sunday, the first one reminds us that each one of us is made in the image and likeness of God. We are special. It also reminds us of how sin came into the world. Sin is always going the opposite of what God asks us to do. Basically, we are telling God that we know better than He.
The second reading from Saint Paul prompts us to remember that God gave us a most special gift in the gift of His Son, Jesus. Yes, Jesus is our Redeemer but He is much more than that. He is the embodiment of God’s unconditional love for us. Jesus restored what was lost by the initial sin of Adam and Eve – intimacy with God. The Gospel reminds us that the devil still likes to deceive us and lead us astray, by making ordinary things look good. What Satan offered Jesus was not bad in itself, but Satan knows that power corrupts and can cause us to lose sight of the proper goal, which is to follow God. With this in mind, let us continue our walk with Jesus, not only during the Lenten season, but throughout the whole year.
I want to take this opportunity to thank those who have already returned their pledge for the 2014 CSA appeal.