Jesus answered the Jews:
“My Father is at work until now, so I am at work.” – John 5.17
The Conference of Catholic Bishop’s theme for Lent this year is very wise and catchy:
This outlines three directions and dimensions of God’s work in us, and our work in God – classically defined as:
The work of God in us can be perceived more keenly as we fast and give up the ordinary means by which we comfort ourselves with food.
As we increasingly take up practices in service of others including almsgiving, but also practicing forgiveness, long suffering, and other acts of charity, or perhaps even taking up the practice of a Lenten Retreat.
And lifting up intercessions to God in Prayer, as well as consenting to the presence and action of the Divine Spirit in silence and solitude.
Perhaps this also follows the pattern of Jesus own passion. He who gave up his life to the authorities, took up his cross, and lifted up his life to God in total surrender and prayer, culminating with the Good Friday crowning declaration: into thy hands I commit my spirit.
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