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Third Sunday of Lent’

Third Sunday of Lent’

 

Dear OLPH Family and Friends,

It is indeed the season for new beginnings, especially beginning again in the Spirit of a kind and merciful Lord. Our Responsorial Psalm for this Sunday repeatedly speaks of God’s merciful and compassionate nature.  “The Lord is kind and merciful….He pardons all your iniquities, heals all your ills, He redeems your life from destruction…Merciful and gracious is the Lord, slow to anger and abounding in kindness.” It is enough to make one wonder how anyone could ever be afraid of God.   He never gives up on us.  Many of the parables speak of God going out of His way to show mercy and kindness to the sinner.

In the Gospel today, the gardener is told to cut down a tree that does not bear fruit. In most cases the gardener will point out the fact that a tree in bearing little or no fruit is often nothing but abundant leaves.  The energy is simply wasted on something that bears no fruit.  The gardener fortunately talked the owner into giving the tree another chance.  In fact, we are given to believe this would be the fourth chance.  It reminds me of a time when my mother was observed dumping salt from the water softener on a plant.  When asked what and why she was doing that, she said that she had been nursing it for years to no avail.   If it wouldn’t bloom, then die it must.

Isn’t it wonderful that our God never gives up on us?   Over and over again He invites us to know that if lost, He will search for us.  If troubled, He will sooth us.  He chooses never to lose us and for whatever reason, He wants us to be with Him forever.  During this Season of Reconciliation there are weekly Services in our neighboring parishes.  I am sure you have noticed the times and venues in other parts of the bulletin.  Take advantage of them.   It is a tremendous opportunity to experience God’s love in a meaningful way.   What could be a greater sign of God’s love than hearing the words of compassion and mercy stating that our sins are forgiven, go in peace!  There are seven more such services between now and our own two services on April 15, 2019.

May God bless, preserve and keep you!

Fr. Ron