My Dear St. Bernadette Family,
With the changing date for Easter and thus Lent, we will leave ordinary time after this Sunday and on Wednesday begin the season of Lent. This year in following the gospels, we will hear Jesus call us to “follow me” and then immediately jump to His journey to Jerusalem, and His passion, death and resurrection there.
Perhaps Peter’s response to the miracle of the great catch of fish is the link between this week and next. Peter saw the catch, realized who Jesus was and immediately said, “depart from me Lord, for I am a sinful man.” The closer we become to Jesus, the more we are aware of our sins. This would imply that if you have trouble thinking of what to say in Confession or if you do not feel the need for the grace of that Sacrament, you might try drawing closer to Jesus.
As we begin Lent, the call is not just to follow at a distance and watch Him, but to follow closely and imitate His love. Our parish program of “Rediscovering Jesus” is meant to help us all do exactly that. Get close to Him. Get really close. This is the call and this is the salvation. The more we are aware of our sinfulness, the more we can change, imitate Him and be truly holy and loving.