A Reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Lent

“As Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so must the Son of man be lifted up”. What a strange image! The serpent / snake which Moses lifted up was a metal image of a snake. A strange image given the abhorrence for carved images in the Old Testament and the whole drama around the metal bull which the people made and worshipped in the absence of Moses. Strange that Jesus should liken himself to that image of a metal snake being raised aloft for people bitten by real snakes to gaze on and be cured. But that image is still with us today. The sign above so many pharmacies carries the image of a snake. This is because the snake also provides the antidote to its poison. The image of the snake as healing continues.

A Reflection for the Third Sunday of Lent

The Gospel in this Sunday’s Mass is uncompromising; Jesus takes cords, makes a whip of them and drives the merchants and money-changers out of the Temple. Imagine someone doing that today, the shock, the scandal, the headlines, the Social Media response … the talking heads on all the media outlets having common cause - the blaming of over-zealous, over the top reaction to a little bit of common sense business being done in the Church! Well, so runs my imagination.

A Reflection for the Second Sunday of Lent

As we journey towards the Easter Sacraments, we are on a pilgrimage of renewal. We journey with Jesus Christ, who gives meaning to our lives and has claimed us for himself in baptism. Through prayer, fasting and alms-giving Lent affords us an opportunity to ‘put our house in order’. It teaches us that the road to heaven is through this valley of tears, through the daily chores of work and through putting up with the everyday frustrations and disappointments of living.