• Fr. Howard Thompson

Lenten Bytes

Tempus fugit...time flies. We are now in the fifth week of Lent. Next week we begin Holy Week, starting with the ‘hosannas’ on Palm Sunday, the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper on Thursday, the crucifixion and death of the Lord on Friday, which leads into the resurrection of Christ from the grave on the weekend. I pray that we are making use of the guidelines to stay safe and prevent the spreading of the Coronavirus during this time. But even more, I am urging you to use this time for prayer and spiritual cleansing. “If Christ is not raised from the dead, then our faith is in vain” (1 Cor. 15:17). To be raised, Jesus first had to die. He died to save us from our sins and be wholistically healed. The truth for a people of faith is that if we think we have no sin, or if we fail to recognize sins of omission and commission, then we do not need a Saviour. The ‘dirt’ of our sins bury us in a spiritual grave. Today’s gospel (Jn. 8:1-11) reveals a loving Saviour who forgives the one ‘caught’ in sin, and the crowd who need to ‘own’ their sins. Forgive us Lord. Lord Jesus, we acknowledge You as the true Lamb who takes away all our sins. May we have the courage to own our sins, take them to You, ask for forgiveness, and embrace Your merciful love in our lives and those around us. Amen.



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