Hello Brothers and Sisters in Christ!
Echoing our last letter, Happy Lent! Only a couple weeks more before Easter and Our Risen Lord. But I ask, how’s it going? Your Lent? Your willingness to give up something or do something out of your everyday life? I would love to tell you that mine has been perfect. I’m doing exactly what I had intended. And that would be a lie. But I have not given up. I keep fighting the battles as they come. Some daily, some weekly. But in the end, that is what matters most; not giving up, not giving in. Asking God for graces and wisdom to win my battles. Jesus said all we need to do is ask, so ask, beg, plead for the strength to go on.
That was one of the big differences between Peter and Judas, NO? Judas gave up succumbing to the inner self for the strength to go on. Peter relied on the strength that comes from God to forgive him and help him continue on in his battles. I heard of an interview with Thomas Edison. In it he was asked how many times he failed in making the light bulb.
His reply was that the number of failures doesn’t matter. What matters is that he persisted and eventually found the right materials to make a light bulb. And so, we are all blessed with light bulbs so we can see in the dark of night. And as the darkness of lent closes in, and we see Jesus going back to Jerusalem for the Last Supper, let’s not try and dwell on how the people turned on Jesus after welcoming him. Let us look to the light. Look and see Jesus arise. Calling us to go forward and be the beacon to others. We can’t be beacons if we try to hide our light under the proverbial basket. Let it shine for all to see. The glory of the Lord. We pray that your Lent has enabled you to draw closer to Christ, closer to the light. Then we can truly be beacons of light shining for all to see. Let us continue to make new friends. Be their good friends. And then bring them closer to Christ, our friend and brother.
May the peace of Christ always disturb your life! De Colores!
John Lyons firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathy Otermat email@example.com