First Sunday of Lent - Year B - 18 February 2018
Readings: Gen 9:8-15; 1 Pet 3:18-22; Mk 1:12-15
Haere mai e te whanau, Tena koutou katoa, a kia noho te Ariki ki a koutou.
Welcome, family, greetings to you all. May the Lord be with you.
Special thanks to all the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion who attended the afternoon and evening of renewal and reflection on this wonderful and sacred ministry on Thursday. We owe a huge
debt of gratitude to those who help build a sense of unity in the Parish through their service in our Eucharist and to the sick and housebound.
Repenting and believing in the Gospel takes longer than one Lenten season — it is a pathway into Christ that takes us a lifetime. If the Gospel is to permeate all of our heart there will never come a time when growth is complete for our baptismal calling into Christ is only completed at death. Right to the end of life it is possible for the soul to grow and to respond to God’s redeeming grace.
This fact should bring us hope rather than despondency. Growth is gradual, our response to grace never complete, simply because turning away from sin is always accompanied by a turning towards Christ. Let us then continue to pray for each other during this wonderful season of grace.
With every blessing in Christ, Michael McCabe, Parish Priest