Pastor's Desk: 3rd Sunday of Lent

Posted 27th February 2016 in Pastor's Desk

The theme running though today’s readings is that a disaster is usually connected or associated with punishment for sin for those caught up in the tragedy. For example, in today’s gospel the construction accident at Siloam where 18 people died is attributed to their sin. This strange and misleading attitude is still prevalent today. Many natural disasters are seen as a judgement of God on the unfortunate innocent victims who just happen to be in the wrong place at the time. Sometimes terrorist attacks are seen by some to be God’s righteous judgement.

Jesus was quick to point out that this way of thinking was wrong. He asked those listening to him if they really thought these innocent victims were guiltier than everyone else living in Jerusalem. “I tell you no” he quickly adds.

When people die in tragic events it does not reflect God’s judgement in any way. But they are a stark reminder for us to always be prepared for that moment when our earthly journey comes to an end. Keeping on the straight and narrow is a daily challenge for all of us.

24 Hours for the Lord

In this ‘Year of Mercy’ Pope Francis has designated next Friday 4th and Saturday 5th March as “24 Hours for the Lord”. During that period each of us is invited to pause, reflect on our lives and to seek the Lord’s forgiveness through the sacrament of Confession. Click here for details of our programme here in Holy Trinity.

Fr. Gerry

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