As As we begin this wonderful journey during this Lenten season, we, the people of God, have been called to experience the great mystery of our salvation, an invitation to a deeper relationship with our Father through Jesus our Lord and Savior. This journey is a moment of grace, a time to enter in the desert to reshape ourself with the practice of some powerful spiritual discipline like fasting, prayer and almsgiving.
This journey has an ultimate meaning and I strongly believe that the main purpose is to help us to settle down and create new expectation for our lives. In the midst of our overly busy day fulfilling our so called duties with so many deadlines to make, not having enough time to accomplish our load, not having time to even work and care for our relationships with families, friends or colleagues, so much tension and pressure overly controlling our schedule, no time to listen, to pray, to apologize, to reconcile, Lent offers an alternative to each and every one of us.
It is very obvious that our lives have been pressured so tremendously with all we do and all our expectations, dreams and goals, to hear and understand what is going around us there is not really enough time. We are trapped in between driving the kids to school, sport activities, music lessons, our work schedule, time to work out at the gym so we can easily believe that we are taking care of ourselves. After all: "our hearts are troubled, our minds are agitated, and our bodies are restless. We are hesitated to try any new spiritual discipline. This Sunday’s Gospel gave us a great insight on how Jesus approaches his new journey through prayer and fasting that enable him to face temptation with great enthusiasm and detachment fulfilling his Father’s will and never let himself be subdued by powers and any personal or physical needs. Through fasting and prayer we can be drawn more and more to God’s desire for us as the Holy Spirit reveals to us our true spiritual condition and true self.
This Season of Lent can be for you and for me "the moment" of our lives, a time to be in touched to our true spiritual condition, a time to reenergize our spirit and enter in the desert with Jesus. The theme we propose to you for this Lenten journey is: "Lent a journey to prepare your heart for God’s wonder". The first step for the journey is to turn your heart to God which is the reflection for the first week. Let us be mindful of the need and the urgency of our life time beginning today which is a call to the entire creation to turn back to God our Creator. May this Lenten journey bring us closer and closer to Him and to one another.
Rev. Ducasse François,
The Mission of St. Juliana Parish is to grow spiritually, evangelize and serve, united as one family of faith, welcoming and including each person with love.