Pastor's Desk: First Sunday of Lent
The Gospel today tells us how the season of Lent came about. Jesus, after His baptism in the River Jordan, went immediately into the desert or wilderness. Jesus stays there 40 days and nights and uses this time alone to reflect on His mission and prepare for preaching the Good News of God’s love. While alone Jesus suffers temptation at the hands of Satan and His faith in God is ridiculed. After this period of testing, Jesus began His mission of calling people back to a relationship with God.
Our season of Lent is about pausing and reflecting on our living out of our Faith. There is no doubt that being a person of Faith is very difficult today. There are plenty of people ready to mock our belief in God and sometimes the bombardment can get to us so that we begin to have doubts ourselves. Academics and scientists get plenty of time on TV and radio to undermine what are our core beliefs and suggest that believers are really very gullible people indeed.
Do we have an answer for them? Have we put a bit of thought into why we believe? Why not use this Lent to do that reflection.
A help in that reflection will be the series of Lenten Talks prepared by the Parish Pastoral Council. The first talk takes place this Wednesday 29th February at 7.30pm in the Church (doors open at 7pm) and the topic is, “Has Science made God Redundant?” The speaker is Dr. Mark Dooley, from the UCD Philosophy Dept. Mark also writes columns for the Irish Daily Mail so his views will be known to a large cross-section of people. It should be a very interesting discussion. We look forward to seeing you on the night as we deal with big questions for each one of us.