Newsletter for Sunday 13 March 2016

14 Mar

FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT

St Augustine: “Trust the past to the mercy of God, the present to his love, the future to his providence.”

St. Paul: “All I can say is that I forget the past, and I strain ahead for what is still to come…”

Jesus: “Has no-one condemned you? Neither do I condemn you; go away and don’t sin any more.”

Isaiah: “No need to recall the past, no need to think about what was done before. See, I am doing a new deed … I am making a new road in the wilderness … the people I have formed for myself will sing my praises.”

I believe that the most important thing we can do as human beings who are committed to trying to live authentic Christian lives is to frequently come before the Lord with a humble and contrite heart, and to ask for his help, his grace, to live better lives. In this way we dispose ourselves to being receptive to his Words of life and the transformative and empowering action of the Holy Spirit.

Have you ever seen or heard of an aggressive, cantankerous, vitriolic, egotistical, self-opinionated, gossiping saint? No, the saints in our midst are the humble, repentant sinners who walk in the light of the Lord.

Fr. Philip Sainter

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