As we go through life, we all have moments when we ask questions and wonder where God is. That is only human. This Easter season we remember especially the despair, the doubts and the agony of the first disciples as they saw their Saviour, Jesus of Nazareth, so senselessly abused, betrayed and crucified.
Our Lenten journey for 2018 is already a few weeks old. How is your Lenten journey going?
Each year the Church continues to remind us that, after his baptism in the Jordan, Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert, where after fasting for 40 days and nights he was tempted by the devil.
I once heard a story of a priest home on holidays in the west of Ireland. At the end of a long summer’s day he was out walking when he was suddenly caught in a cloudburst. Taking shelter under a large tree, it was a few moments before he noticed a very old man also sheltering there. It being Ireland, the visitor engaged in conversation with him on the usual topics—the weather, the local sports scene, etc. After a while the old man fell silent and the priest noticed that he had taken out his Rosary beads and was quietly saying his prayers. Impressed, the priest remarked, ‘You’re great at praying!’ ‘Ah, yes!’, the old man replied, ‘the Father is very fond of me!’
These days we hear a lot of noise from self-appointed ‘prophets of doom’. Some people have great difficulty seeing anything good around them. Yes, it’s very tempting to concentrate on all that can go wrong in our lives and communities. But Advent reminds us that we are also a people of hope. Christ is coming to save us! We wait for him with expectant joy!