Wow! Today is March 1. Yesterday was the Second Sunday of Lent. Wasn’t it just Christmas? Perhaps you too feel that “time is flying”. Normally, I don’t like that feeling, but in this year of Covid, I don’t mind the quick passage of time as we move through these challenging days to a more hopeful future.
The Lenten theme at St. Barnabas this year is “Enter the Journey”. Each week we are invited to consider what we need to bring on the 2021 Lenten journey and what we know we can leave behind. In the first two weeks of Lent, we were advised to bring hope and leave behind despair; to bring faith and leave behind doubt. This may be easier said than done, but perhaps the coming of the vaccines and last week’s kindness of a very generous donor may call us out of our Covid anxiety and remind us that there is always hope even when if we don’t feel it; that someone may have great faith in us when we may doubt ourselves.
Jesus does not require of us a specific amount of faith or hope. All He asks of us is a willingness to trust Him. As I write this, I am reminded of our faculty retreat a few years ago when a group of us met with the retired Sisters at the retreat house in Frankfort. One of the Sisters said something that will always remain with me. She said, “If you ever wonder how much he loves you, look to the cross.” In a world of information overload, Sister’s direct and simple quote may be the most important thing for me to consider on my Lenten journey.
This Monday Minute is from Brother Hank, who is listening to “Hold On to Me” by Lauren Daigle. Listen in at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWua9o2KEv0