The word “covenant” is a word we hear a lot in the Bible. It is found in both the Old and New Testaments. In the Old Testament, the Israelites were the chosen “covenanted people” of God. In Jesus, that same covenant is given to all people of the entire world as long as people choose to live by the covenant. This covenant is a promise to love, to bring life, to share and care as God does. During the celebration of the season of Lent, each week we are going to look at our own hearts and lives, challenging ourselves sincerely and honestly to see how we are opening ourselves up more and more to be “God’s Covenanted People” and how we are living out our promise to God and each other.
Weekly thoughts and announcements from our Pastor, Fr. Tom Lewandowski.
This time of conversion through prayer, fasting, almsgiving, and penance begins with Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. Fasting means 1 full meal and 2 smaller ones. Everyone between ages 18 & 59 is obliged to fast. Anyone with a medical condition in which fasting may be harmful is NOT obliged to fast but may do some act of kindness or work of charity instead. The Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence for all those over age of 14. Abstinence means not eating meat.
Look at things from the vantage point of the Presence of God within you. See the solution, the answer, the opportunity. Capture the vision of how you would like your life to be in the right way. Respond to life experiences and circumstances with God’s power, which is alive in your heart.
Is there a seeming problem in your life that is causing you much concern? Have all your efforts and prayers met with little or no response? Do not be discouraged and do not be afraid, for God loves you, and he is taking care of everything even though you may not see it, realize it, or understand it. God is in complete charge of your life, and God is good. His mighty transforming power is surging through your entire being, stilling your mind, harmonizing your soul, healing your body, and adjusting all of your affairs. Believe this! Anchor your trust deep in the realization that with God all things are immediately possible and never doubt it for a single moment. Know yourself to be a spiritual being, endowed with the limitless and all-powerful attributes of Jesus Christ. God’s wisdom is guiding you to the perfect solution. His strength is enabling you to perform your tasks victoriously. His joy is lightening your heart with expectancy. His courage is firing you with persistence.
Blessed am I, for I am healed now: Blessed are my eyes, for they are the eyes of God. Blessed are my ears, for they are the ears of God. Blessed are my hands, for they are the hands of God. Blessed are my feet, for they are the feet of God. Blessed is my heart, for it beats with the love of God. Blessed are my lungs, for they breathe the breath of God. Blessed is my body, for it is alive with the life of God. Blessed is my mind, for it is filled with the intelligence of God. Blessed is my spirit, for it is quickened with the power of God. Blessed am I in heart, for I am one with God’s love. Blessed am I in mind, for I am one with God’s intelligence. Blessed am I in body, for I am one with God’s life. Blessed am I in spirit, for I am one with God’s power. Blessed am I, for I am healed now!
Living with passion in the present means becoming “experts in communion,” witnesses and architects of God’s “plan for communion” that is, according to Him, the culmination of all human history. In a polarized society, where different cultures struggle to live alongside one another, where the weakest are oppressed, and where inequality abounds, we are called to offer a concrete model of community: a model that, by recognizing the dignity of each person and pooling our individual gifts, makes it possible to live as brothers and sisters. Therefore, be men and women of communion! Have the courage to be present in the midst of conflict and tension, to be a credible sign of the presence of the Spirit that inspires in human hearts for all to join as one. Pope Francis from a “Letter to All Consecrated People,” Nov. 21, 2014