Hope you are enjoying the weather little bit, in spite of its own discomforts. At least this is better than the snow storms which I believe and wish, we are done with for this year. Because we have had more than enough and the spring season is almost near at hand. Get ready to enjoy the spring of time.
The fish fry last Friday was very impressive. I heard many people say that it was good, delicious and what not. I told them all that it was because I was frying fish too! Yes, I did some frying too and most probably that was not the only reason that the fry was good. Our dedicated men from Holy Name society and even other passionate members of St. Mary’s, Women from PCCW, children who were enjoying the work and time in the kitchen and the hall, all of them did a wonderful job. It is because of their dedication and passion that the food was so good. My appreciation to all of you and who came and enjoyed the fish fry!
We are in the season of Lent, as I said, the most favorite season for us Christians, and that too Catholics. As the season has started, we are all in full swing to give up some of our favorites, like candies, cookies, sodas and beverages, meat, and many other things like this. I wonder what does this ‘giving up’ for Lent do for us. I am afraid, if they are all a kind of saving for the time after the Lent. This giving up means two important things. One is the sacrifice which we call penance and the other thing involved in this is charity.
Our sacrifice or penance in this season of Lent is in a special way a means to help us come out of our sinful attitude and life. It also is a means to partake in the passion of our Lord, to taste what he tasted with the Cross. If this giving up does not lead us to this end, it is in vain that we give up anything at all. This should remind us about how Jesus gave up His Godliness or Godhead for our sake. It is that giving up of Jesus that enabled Him to complete His salvific mission on this earth.
On His part that giving up of His Godhead was an act of charity. That act of charity brought us salvation. In a similar way our giving up of the material things as men-tioned above should not be fruitless. The fruit of this giving up should be the benefit to others. It is easy to store up those given up things for future use. If these given up of these things do not benefit anybody, it is futile. Most often we become Christians of Lent which means, we aspire to become very holy during the season of Lent and then we are back to normal. This is disappointing for anyone. Because by being like this we cheat ourselves without we ourselves not realizing it.
As we are in the season of Lent, let us not pass it with sobriety and melancholy mood, but let us celebrate it with an understanding that this season is to make us better and we will become better persons and witnessing Christians.
Yours sincerely in Christ Jesus,
Fr. A. Antony.