Dear Friends in Christ
The Parable of the Fig Tree, which forms part of the Gospel of this Third Sunday of Lent, reminds us that during this sacred season we are trying to produce fruit: the fruits of the spiritual life. St Paul lists these fruits for us as being: charity, generosity, joy, gentleness, peace, faithfulness, patience, modesty, kindness, self-control, goodness & chastity which are the result of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Those who are preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation in May will be reflecting on these gifts and fruits at this time. All of us, who have received the Holy Spirit in Baptism and Confirmation, can bring forth these fruits. During Lent we apply a special intensity to the living of the spiritual life, so that we can do now, what we should be doing throughout the year.
Please remember to pray for all those who are preparing for Sacraments at this time: our young adults in Confirmation; the children for their First Holy Communion; and the engaged couples participating in the Marriage Preparation Course which we are currently running.
Monday, 25th March, is the Solemnity of the Annunciation of The Lord. This was the moment when the greatest news ever, was announced to the world: God, the Word, would become flesh. When we pray the Angelus - morning, noon and evening - we call to mind this moment; it's nine months now until the celebration of the Nativity! May the presence of the Word among us, lead us to produce the holy fruits of this Lent!
God bless you all!
Msgr Kevin Hale