It is hard to believe that Lent is almost over. Next weekend is already Palm Sunday! My hope and prayer is that you have been successful in becoming a more authentic Disciple of Christ. If not, don’t worry. There is still hope! Remember, the Lord doesn’t care when we surrender our heart to Him, only that we do!
Just like Lazarus in today’s Gospel, the Lord is calling us forth from our tombs. Wrapped in burial clothes, I can picture Lazarus crawling out on his belly, his mouth full of dirt, and the stench of the tomb filling the air. It must have been quite the sight. He must have been very humble (or desperate) to make such an appearance and to allow others to unbind him. We need the same grace. We need the help of others if we are to truly be free. Don’t be afraid to ask others for prayer and for help. All the priests, deacons, staff, and faithful volunteers of St. Stephen are here for you. Isn’t that what family is all about?
One of the best ways to lose the bonds which enslave and ensnare you is through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. To help, the local parishes have coordinated our schedules.
Monday, March 26 St. Stephen 7-9 pm
Tuesday, March 27 Resurrection 7-9 pm
Wednesday, March 28 St. Clement 7-9 pm
Friday, March 30 St. Anne 7-9 pm
Come and be filled with the Mercy of God!
Next Sunday is Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion. Remember to bring your palm branches from home (we’ll have a lot on hand in case you forget!) Be sure to invite your friends, neighbors, teammates, classmates and co-workers. The more the merrier. We are offering Mass in the tent for the 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Sunday Masses to ensure a seat for all!
One last note, Monday is the Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord. I encourage you to take a few moments out of your busy day and reflect on how God has spoken to you throughout your life. How is He calling you today to become a more faithful Disciple of Christ?
May God bless you and your loved ones!