I will try and be brief this morning; i just want to make a couple of quick points:
- If you’ve been praying for the people I’ve mentioned in previous posts, thank you. I want to offer a quick update on some of them…
- My brother’s wife had (2) surgery’s yesterday and is doing well. He sent a message last night that she was talking and laughing. Please keep her, my brother and their 3 children in your thoughts.
- After an extended stay starting the year in the hospital, including time in ICU, my aunt is now out of the hospital and recovering her strength in a rehab facility. She is a strong woman and its good to have her back on our texting circuit again. Please pray for her continuing recovery and again, for her devoted husband and family.
- My sister is off her scooter and running marathons again ;). She is happy to be mobile and is looking forward to her 3rd surgery – this one on her other knee – in the not to distant future. Please pray for her husband Brett – now that she is mobile again, I fear for his safety. (Just joking ‘sis)
- I got to see David, my son’s father in law, last week. He has been isolated from a lot of people with all the illness’ going around, but to see his smile after the birth of his namesake – Nicholas David – was what we call priceless. Please pray for his full recovery so he can enjoy being a grandpa for a long, long time.
Next up – today is Fat Tuesday – which means tomorrow is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the season of Lent. Growing up I had mixed emotions about Lent. Never like the tradition of giving something up, never liked eating tune salad on Friday’s but I did love going to Stations of the Cross every Friday afternoon at school. So what is it that you will do for Lent this year? I’ve been trying to think of a theme for this 6+ week retreat and it wasn’t until this morning – reading from Today’s Mass, that I was able to come up with that goal…
So submit yourselves to God.
Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.
Cleanse your hands, you sinners,
and purify your hearts, you of two minds.
Begin to lament, to mourn, to weep.
Let your laughter be turned into mourning
and your joy into dejection.
Humble yourselves before the Lord
and he will exalt you.
May I never boast except in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
through which the world has been crucified to me and I to the world.
They came to Capernaum and, once inside the house,
he began to ask them,
“What were you arguing about on the way?”
But they remained silent.
For they had been discussing among themselves on the way
who was the greatest.
Then he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them,
“If anyone wishes to be first,
he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.”
I need to spend this Lenten season contemplating that it is through God and God alone that I exist. I am here to serve Him and to serve His people. I must learn to put the needs of others first. If I want to be a Man of God, I must learn to be a servant to all who need to find God so they too can serve our Lord.
Do something great for our Lord – spend some time in prayer today thinking about how you can make the most of this Lenten journey. Remember, this journey will lead you to the Cross; the Cross will lead you to Christ; Christ will lead you to the Father in heaven.
So let no one boast about human beings, for everything belongs to you,
Paul or Apollos or Cephas,
or the world or life or death,
or the present or the future:
all belong to you, and you to Christ, and Christ to God.
God’s will, not mine, be done.
Be not afraid; just have faith.
Jesus, I trust in You.
He must increase; I must decrease.
Lord, if You wish, You can make me clean.
But you man of God chose righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness. Compete well for the faith.