Fr. Terry’s Sharing…
I remember visiting a student of mine who lived in Florida while I was there to visit a priest from our Diocese who had moved there. I was just looking to visit, but this student wanted to do something special for me. He had arranged a fishing trip in the ocean. Not being very experienced himself, he had hired a guide. The guide was exceptional and kind. He knew where to go for the good fishing. He knew what equipment to use and prepared us on what to do when a fish grabbed our line. He would make suggestions along the way and not once did he call us dumb. Like I say, he was a kind man who wanted us to have the best experience possible. It was hard work, but a very fun day. It was productive because we had a wonderful time visiting to catch up on each other’s lives. It was productive because we accomplished catching some fish that we enjoyed in a meal together that evening. Those were the things that made the trip memorable.
We are headed into the days of uncharted waters called Lent. It is a Journey worth taking. It has a way for us to follow. It has a guide who wants us to have the best experience possible (God). It has companions to journey with us in caring and support. It has a goal/destination. We learn along the way. We are given chances to learn and to be forgiven for mistakes. With each experience along the way we grow, individually and together. Our weaknesses are turned into strengths. We are blessed with the things that are most important to us. We are fed with nourishment, bodily and spiritually. Everything becomes right in our lives and the world around us. We become grateful. And everything is how it should be. It leads us to a time of celebration in the midst of that gratitude. And we develop a memory to last a lifetime and beyond. I invite you to a marriage, yes a marriage! In prayer and reflection, take my experience and connect it to the journey of Lent, Holy Week, and Easter. That is what we should be about: connecting our experiences of life to the God who gave us that life.
May your prayer and reflection be fruitful to your life and journey of faith.