The Lord has Risen and all is Forgiven. Happy Easter. 46 days of Lent. 46 days of Abstinence. Followed by Good Friday where God sacrificed his Only Son so that we can be Forgiven.
Many use Lent as a cleanse. A diet change. A pause in your bad habits. I myself gave up drinking alcohol. It was easy, maybe too easy so it got me thinking. Really what was the purpose of LENT in 2016 speak? I decided to do some research. Not the sermon preached by our guest speaker in Church this morning but The Man. Pope Francis. “No need to throw out the chocolate, booze, and carbs.” Pope Francis has a different idea for fasting this year. “No act of virtue can be great if it is not followed by advantage for others. So, no matter how much time you spend fasting, no matter how much you sleep on a hard floor and eat ashes and sigh continually, if you do no good to others, you do nothing great.”
He also adds “Indifference to our neighbour and to God also represents a real temptation for us Christians. Usually, when we are healthy and comfortable, we forget about others (something God the Father never does): we are unconcerned with their problems, their sufferings and the injustices they endure… Our heart grows cold. As long as I am relatively healthy and comfortable, I don’t think about those less well off. Today, this selfish attitude of indifference has taken on global proportions, to the extent that we can speak of a globalization of indifference. It is a problem which we, as Christians, need to confront.”
Right now on Easter Sunday, How many Catholics will believe this in Paris or in Brussels? The violence in Africa and Middle East? Why take it to events of such Mammoth loss of life. What about in Delhi, where a 40 year old dentist was beaten to death by 12 people cos the Cricket Ball hit a one of their group. How can we fathom that today all Our Sins are forgiven? There is so much going on in the world today, so how do we hold on to our Faith? We have got to Believe. We have to keep Praying.
We Must teach our children to be kind, to be tolerant, to accept and to be gracious in defeat. We must do this year around. We must learn Patience and try to forgive. The latter being the hardest because maybe we have not been shown forgiveness. Let us raise awareness to the plight of the people that work for us or with us. We are so quick to judge, so quick to interfere, so quick to add our own two cents.
I went for Easter Service to St Stephen( protestant church) in Mt Mary Bandra. It was Half Full. Maybe many couldn’t wake up for the 7am service. I noticed a few people in Flip-Flops. It upset me. I caught myself thinking about the two men in Chappals, But at least they came. At least they made the Effort. I wasn’t better or more pious because I had freshly ironed clothes and the right shoes. I was the same as everyone else there.. I had come to be forgiven and God Forgives All.