Through this first week in Lent, we introduced you to Quasi, who was accompanied by staff and volunteers from JRS Europe as he journeyed across land and sea in search of safety.
For Qusai, life in Syria had become hopeless and empty of any future prospects. By having faith in himself, friends and strangers, Qusai was able to make the treacherous crossing to Europe. Although his journey was fraught with suffering, Qusai’s courage was met by great generosity in those, such as Ahmed and Eleni, whom he encountered on the way.
Today as we reflect on the Sunday Mass readings, we remember that through the times of suffering in our lives, God is present and close to us.
Come back to me, with all your heart
Sr. Rachel O’Riordan, one of our volunteers, reflects on each of today’s readings. We invite you to join her in a space of prayer and reflection.
During Lent God invites us in a profoundly personal way to “Come back to me, with all your heart.” (Hosea 14:1-3)
Ashamed of our sinfulness we make excuses not to start the journey; preferring instead to postpone the moment of surrender but, just like the father of the prodigal son, God is eagerly waiting for us on the road. There will be no judgement simply the gift of unconditional love.
“God said:, ‘Here is the sign of the Covenant I make between myself and you and every living creature with you for all generations'”
Is part of our vision this Lent to be an encouragement for one another, can we remain with someone who has lost their way? Can we call each other back to an ideal of relationship, with God and with each other which far from being confining invites us to liberation? It is easy to forget that God still speaks directly to us day by day. Moreover, all that is required of us is ‘to act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with our God”.
“That water is a type of baptism which saves you now…through the resurrection of Jesus Christ”
In Lent we ask ourselves ‘what kind of things do I need to help me grow in my faith’?
“The spirit drove Jesus into the wilderness and he remained there for forty days, and was tempted by Satan. He was with the wild beasts, and the angels looked after him.”
Today and every day let us remember with thanksgiving the invitation that opened our hearts to new possibilities of intimacy with God.