Second Sunday of Lent 2022
He will change our lowly body to conform with his glorified body
by the power that enables him also to bring all things into subjection to himself.
~ Philippians 3:21
Brothers and Sisters,
When we think about the impacts of our sinfulness, we may be tempted to despair, thinking, “how can I possibly set things right?” Just as repairing a broken vase would seem impossible (or taping together the large bay window after shattering it with a ball in my youth,) we may feel overwhelmed by the impact of our pride, selfishness, or disobedience.
We may become just as discouraged when studying the atrocities of war, abuse, slavery over time. The old adage is true: ignorance of history leads to repeating any variety of pain and injustices. Still, we shouldn’t turn a blind eye to the presence of evil, nor can we simply excuse ourselves from any culpability without actively working to restore God’s will in charity and generosity.
Our freedom is a gift from the Lord – and God is not foolish for offering it. While we may become disheartened by sin and the egregious sinners that always have had a presence in our world, there is still a reason to find great hope. Immerse yourself in the lives of the saints – most of whom had a dark and sinful side before a time of incredible conversion. Allow yourself time to reflect on your favorite saints (or look up the stories and accounts of a few new ones). While their past sins often remain their heavy burden, all Saints discover that healing and forgiveness are always possible through the grace of God.
There is a good reason we wear beautiful white garments on our baptisms. A snow-white garment reminds us that even though our sins darken our innocence, God’s grace can restore our purity of heart. I would encourage all of us to take the opportunity in Lent for the sacrament of Reconciliation and experience God’s mercy. We have expanded our times to receive the sacrament (visit, OLPHparish.org/lent-2022), and OLPH will hold a Lenten Penance Service in the church on Wed., April 6, 7 pm. Further still, let’s make a promise to share forgiveness with others, working to heal any relationships in need of care. In the words of absolution from the priest, we are reminded that it is a responsibility of us all to live in accord: “through the ministry of the Church, may God give you pardon and peace.”
With this in mind, do consider joining us after Stations of the Cross on Friday, March 18, for our special lenten guest speaker, Ruth Popp. Ruth, a mother of five, a veteran homeschooler, and author, will speak on how to confront trauma and move toward peace—with God at your side. You can listen to a recent podcast interview OLPH was fortunate to have with Ruth by visiting www.buzzsprout.com/180168/10124067
I pray the Lord aids our efforts to participate in his works of healing, restoration, and peace!
St. Joseph, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts, forever.
Rev. Michael S. Triplett