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Homily - 22nd Feb. 2015 – 1st Sunday of Lent, B

posted 21 Feb 2015, 07:20 by St Wilfrid RC Haltwhistle   [ updated 6 Nov 2015, 00:44 by Jerry Laidler ]

H.B. & Hw.

Talk about the roaring forties! There is flooding for forty days. There is temptation for forty
days. And there is Lent for forty days. Flood and temptation issue wonderfully. Evil is obliterated and undying goodness dawns with an eternal rainbow to remind us that all is not lost and never can be. We are talking on a scale of infinite and universal wellbeing. "All will be well".

Hence the Petrine assurance about our' baptism.

Baptism does not make us divine offspring. We are already sons and daughters of God anyway.
But baptism reminds us of our status and the infinite possibilities of our status if only we let go and get mystical.

We live on bread when we can live ever more fully on every word that comes from the mouth of God. We crash around our world blindly trying to find our way and make sense of it all, when we can be walking hand in hand with the Lord. And that's mysticism, living in the divine presence, consciously. We do it anyway; live in God's presence that is, but we are invited to do it consciously all day, every day.

This is mysticism and we are mini-mystics.

We really do need time to reflect upon our relationship with the Lord. Is it for real? Hence
the Lenten priority of prayer. Give it time now or we never will. The homework needs to be done while we have the time. The last minute stuff is for the birds. The judgement is now.

We are folk of the eternal now.

And as for the fasting and alms deeds? Well, we need to get our priorities right and the Lenten exercises push our brothers and sisters into and upon our practical, loving attention. It's all a matter of listening. We listen and what do we hear? Jesus, here and now and his word is, "It's time!" "The time has come ... the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent and believe the

Good News." Now! Consciously.