From The Hand of Fr. Aaron Ferris…March 11, 2018

This is Laetare (Rejoice) Sunday, and we are called to rejoice that Lent is a little more than half-way over. The season of fasting is quickly passing, and this special celebration is an invitation for us to reflect on how our Lent has gone.

In these bulletin articles we have been reflecting on Lent in Church history and in our spiritual lives. The more we embrace the reality of Lent and what it should be for us, the more it can shape our lives in preparation for the mysteries of our salvation. At this sort-of halfway point we have an opportunity to pause and evaluate how we have engaged the discipline of Lent.

How well have we maintained our fasts and disciplines? How well have we lived out the resolutions we made? These are simple questions, and we should be able to answer them fairly easily.

If we have fallen short in our disciplines and in our resolutions, then we have the opportunity to redouble our efforts. Lent isn’t over. We can see what hasn’t worked and make changes so that we can be faithful to our commitment to grow in holiness. If our disciplines and resolutions have been met with little effort, then we have the opportunity to take the next step, to challenge ourselves anew in our commitment to growing in holiness. We can keep pushing ourselves to be even more ready for Easter.

Either (or both) of these responses is also an act of rejoicing. (It is Laetare Sunday.) We can rejoice in the mercy of God, that, even though we fall short, He continues to call us to higher things. He never abandons us. We can also rejoice that the grace of God has had some effect in our lives. The disciplines and resolutions that were hard before are easier now. God’s grace has been working a transformation in us, and that is definitely something to rejoice in.

In all cases, we can rejoice that Easter is fast approaching. The promise of new life and resurrection is coming to fulfillment. The celebration of Christ’s victory over sin and death is nigh when we can rejoice that the evil that besets us will not enslave us forever.

Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron R. Ferris Ordination Date: June 6, 2009 Pastor, St. Anthony Parish (Saranac) and St. Mary’s Parish (Lowell) 402 Amity Street Lowell, MI 49331 Phone: 616-897-9820
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