March 24, 2019 – Thoughts by Rev Kev

Lent is a great opportunity for family and friends to share their fears of Reconciliation, Confession or Penance. A few weeks ago Father Pat shared a series inviting each of us to be open to this amazing sacrament. John the Baptist first appeared in the desert of Judea with this message — Repent, Prepare the way of the Lord! Later, when Jesus began his ministry, he led with this message “Repent for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Repent is a powerful word. But what does it mean for you and me, here and now, this Lent – almost two thousand years later? It means the same as it did to the people walking around the dusty pathways in their san-dals, trying to inch closer to Jesus as he passed through their town or village. Repent means “to turn back to God” if we need to turn back to God this Lenten Season we also need to turn away from whatever led us away from God and keeps us away. It may be that certain people have led you to stray from God — perhaps possessions have distracted you from your true and authentic self, or maybe pleasure has seduced you into walking a wayward path. However you have been distracted, it is important to realize that you cannot journey to a new place, and at the same time stay where you are. Walking with God demands that we bring order to our lives and put first things first. Sometimes it is just as important to know what you are journeying away from, as it is to know what we are journeying towards.
I invite you to consider that within the Sacrament of Reconciliation you have the opportunity to talk with the priest about your distractions and how you can turn back to God and renew your relationship with him this
Lent!

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