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1st Sunday of Lent (March 9, 2014)
(click here for the Spanish version of Pastor's Pen)
Lent is the spring time for our spiritual life. From the ashes given on Ash Wednesday to Easter, we are beginning to build a new life in Christ. Through fasting we prophetically discipline our body so as to prepare ourselves for receiving God’s divine life in the Eucharist on Holy Thursday. By almsgiving we royally discipline our desires for a worldly life in preparation for the kingly sacrifice Jesus accomplished on Good Friday. And, by praying we convert our souls to a priestly nature of faith which gives us everlasting life and is fulfilled in Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday. We are to discipline ourselves by fasting from harmful things, giving to those in need, and growing our faith through prayer. Lent is the season to prepare ourselves for the coming of Christ and His rewards.
This is the lesson shown to us in the Gospel. Jesus confronts the devil with these tools of Fasting, Almsgiving, and Prayer. When confronted with hunger and tempted to turn stones into bread, Jesus responds with trust in the Father and continues to Fast disciplining the body. How many of us give into the desires of body and fail to trust in God?
When Satan requests a show of God’s favor and power from Jesus by throwing himself from the parapet, Jesus trusted in the Father and needed no proof standing his ground. In a similar way, we have Satan’s desire to have God prove himself to us; how many of us wonder where God is in their life when tragedy, illness, or other troubles impact our lives and the lives of others. Do you realize that God has empowered each one of us to charitably give so as to help those in distress?
Satan tempts Jesus with worldly reward if, only, he would “prostrate” himself in “worship”. Jesus knows who is his Father and God and is not deterred from his service which ultimately leads him to the sufferings of the Cross. How often do we bend the knee for the rewards of the world turning our backs on God? But the lesson is clear, worshiping and seeking the rewards of the world will end in absolute death; seeking to worship God and His Glory in all our choices leads to eternal life.
How will you respond to your temptations this Lent? With Fasting, Almsgiving, and Prayer we have Christ’s divine power to conquer Satan and all his minions.
Fr. Luke Jauregui
Inspired by Saint Pius X, the parish takes to heart his motto: “To restore All Things in Christ”.This is grounded in personal renewal, parish renewal and in community renewal. The parish celebrates this by actively participating in Eucharist worship, prayer, the Sacraments, promoting social justice and providing a variety of forms of Catholic education available for all members. We are proud of our economic, cultural and age diversity. We share our gifts and resources to live the Gospel of Jesus in a spirit of joy.
St. Pius was born on June 2, 1835, at Riese in the Diocese of Treviso, Italy. Named Joseph Sarto, he was the oldest of eight surviving children of a poor family. He was educated in his home town before he began studies for the priesthood at the seminary in Padua, in 1850. He was ordained on September 18, 1858, at the cathedral in Castelfranco. He was named Bishop of Mantua on November 19, 1884. On June 12, 1893, he was created a cardinal. Ten years later, August 4, 1903, he was elected Pope and crowned on August 9, 1903... [ Click Next ]