Friday 4th week of Lent
I looked at our Pope at his special Urbi et Orbi blessing for the end to the coronavirus pandemic. There he stood in a dark, rainy and empty St. Peter Square. He was alone and it seemed that he bore the weight of the world on his shoulders.
That image brought me back to Lent, this Lent 2020 which has been so different from any I have ever experienced. I was reminded of Jesus on the cross, alone in darkness bearing all of humanity's sins, my sins, on his shoulders.
Our Holy Father picked up the theme of Christ asleep in the boat during a storm. The disciples ask Him, “Teacher, do you not care if we perish?” The Pope said these words would have shaken Jesus, “because He, more than anyone, cares about us.”
I was reminded of the power of love: Christ's love.
“Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?”
This faith is less of belief in God's existence than it is of total trust in his love. The Holy Father's homily is a message of hope to the City and to the World and is a multi-part study in itself and a link to the full text can be found below. Yes I was reminded of the power of love: Christ's love.
The Season of Lent is a special time for us to slow down, look inward and make the necessary changes to truly become an Easter people.