March 31, 2019 – Thoughts by Rev Kev

Today is the Fourth Sunday of Lent also called Laetere Sunday. The fourth, or middle Sunday of Lent, so called from the first words of the Introit at mass, “Laetare Jerusalem” – Rejoice, O Jerusalem”. Other names applied to it were Refreshment Sunday, or the Sunday of the Five Loaves, from a miracle recorded in the Gospel; Mid-lent, micareme, or mediana; and Mothering Sunday, in allusion to the Epistle, which
indicates our right to be called the sons of God as the source of all our joy .
The contrast between Laetare and the other Sundays is thus emphasized in the joys of this Lent, yet the
rejoicing is still mingled with a certain amount of sadness.
The Rose vestment is full of peace and Hope, with the strength and clear awareness of the presence of God and the gift of help through forgiveness. Similarly there is that Forgiveness and Peace found in the Gospel parable of the Prodigal Son. Lent invites us to follow the lives of the Father who asks his son to be welcoming, and finding ways to celebrate the second chance as the two sons did. Be open to find ways to celebrate the changes through moments of reconciliation with one another, especially through the sacrament of
Reconciliation.

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