Palm Sunday is the beginning of Holy Week in the Church: a time of particular prayer and preparation.
This Sunday’s 2nd Reading provides a wonderful method of preparation for that – the Story of Christ in the Gospel.
For the Jews of the 1st Century, the Law of Moses was the closest God could be, and following the Law was what set the Jewish peopel apart. In this Sunday’s 2nd Reading, St. Paul tells us that the Law is not enough when Christ – God himself – has sought us out to enter into a relationship with us. Today – that means building our faith.
Philippians 3:17 – 4:1
Knowing whose example to follow as a Christian is not easy. Even within the Catholic Church there can be many different voices. In thus Weekends’ 2nd Reading, St. Paul encourages us to follow good examples, to listen discerningly, and to remember that our true home is Heaven.
On the final Sunday in Lent, the 2nd Reading us focussed on the events of Holy Week – of Chirst’s death and new life and it’s meaning for us. As we conclude our Lenten Sacramental Refelctions we use this to explore the Sacrament of the Sick and how we should approach our own mortal life.
Christ’s submission to the Father’s Will is the focus of this week’s (and next’s) 2nd Reading. This gives us an oppurtunity to reflect on the duty of obedience in the Church, both in everyday life, but in Marriage and Holy Orders.
In a Lenten Sunday of particular rejoycing – we pass half-way point of Lent. With that, we can begin to see over the brow of the hill to Easter, and what that means for us and our understanding of God’s lasting great gift to us – the Eucharist.
1 Corinthians 1: 22-25
Many people refuse to believe in God and instead demand a sign from Him as confirmation, or scientic evidence as proof. But as well as providing these thorughout histroy, God gives us these gift in our very own lives in the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Continuing our Lenten relfections on the Sacraments in the 2nd reading, this week we look at what Paul means when he speaks of God Aquiting – and what it can tell us about the Sacrament of Confession.