Sunday, 11 March 2018
Lent is a time of conversion, repentance, turning away from sin and being faithful to the Gospel. It is a time when we assist the Lord Jesus in cleaning His house, our souls. Each one of us, each one of our souls is the dwelling place of God, His house. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit dwell in our souls because of our Baptism. They made their home there at that moment and have dwelt there ever since.
“Zeal for your house consumes me.” Psalm 69:9
How does zeal for His house show itself in us? What does it look like? How do you and I show zeal for our souls?
We express that zeal when we choose to do good and avoid something evil. When we resist temptation to sin and avoid sinning. We are zealous about our souls when we spend time in the morning meditating on the Scriptures of the day or interceding for someone who is sick or in need. The zeal shows when we feed the poor, teach religion classes at the parish, serve at a parish function, or welcome a new family to the parish.
We also show our zeal for the house of the Lord, for our souls, when we go to confession and reconciliation. The Lord likes a clean house to dwell in as we all do! The Sacrament of Confession cleans the house!
This week, we will be having our School Penance Services on Wednesday and Thursday so that the children can clean their houses. On Wednesday evening, March 14th at 7:00 PM, we will have our Parish Penance Service. There will be 6 priests available for confession. Each of us need to clean our houses for the Lord and do this frequently – not only at Lent and Advent.
Come to this Sacrament of Mercy and Forgiveness! Come, clean the dwelling place of Almighty God. Come, express your zeal for the house of the Lord!
May the Lord abundantly bless each of you and your families this week!
Fr. Daniel F. Firmin