With our liturgies this weekend we enter the third week of Lent. We prepare to celebrate during Holy Week the Paschal Mystery. The Paschal Mystery refers to the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus that is commemorated in a solemn way each year during Holy Week. The Paschal Mystery is also celebrated in every Eucharist in which the events of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday are made present to us.
Lent was originally a period of intense preparation for the catechumens, those preparing for Baptism at the Easter Vigil. Eventually, it was extended to all of us as a way of preparing to renew our baptismal promises at the Easter Vigil and the Masses of Easter Sunday. We will have the opportunity to renounce Satan and all his empty promises and to profess our faith in God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Our Lenten practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving are meant to strengthen us in our resolve to resist temptation and to grow in faithfulness to the Gospel. As we pray in one of the prefaces at Mass during the Lenten season, "For you have given your children a sacred time for the renewing and purifying of their hearts." May use this 'sacred time' well for it is a gift from God,
Please note the extra opportunities we have for the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation here at Christ the King. Also, note that Fatima Retreat House is hosting a special day in which the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Retreat House on Monday, March 30. Confessors will be available throughout the day to celebrate the sacrament of mercy and forgiveness with one and all.
Let us pray one another as we continue our Lenten journey of turning away from sin and growing in faithfulness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. At the heart of the Gospel is the proclamation that God so loved the world that he sent his only Son and sent that Son to die on the cross for us. There is no greater love! May our loves be rooted in this love.
See you at Mass!