Fr. Agustin T. Opalalic
Our Lady of Angels | 656 24th Street San Diego CA 92102 us | (619) 239-1231
Our Lady of Angels
Greetings in the Lord!
With the celebration of Ash Wednesday the Lenten Season has now begun. The whole season of Lent is intended to prepare us for the meaningful celebration of Easter. During this season we are enjoined to evaluate as well as strengthen our commitment to live our baptismal consecration in witness to the Risen Lord. The renewal of this baptismal commitment happens at Easter Vigil. A deeper look into the synthesis of the gospel of Mark (Mark 1:12-15) can help us achieve this end: Jesus led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days is victorious in all his tests. The Psalm directs us to prayer as the first step to take: “Your ways, O Lord, make known to me; teach me your paths” (Ps. 25: 4-5, 6-7, 8-9). The carefully chosen readings for Lent are rich with insights, from which various themes can be developed. The gospel reading from St. Mark this Sunday is his account on the temptation in the desert; so brief yet very significant and full of symbolic meaning. Unlike other versions, it does not give much detail, but instead highlights certain elements which allude to baptism. Here, Mark provides a framework for a deeper appreciation of this sacrament. While Easter calls for commitment to live our baptism, it depends largely on how we appreciate it. Mark is a great help with this.
While we evaluate our life as baptized members of the Church and adopted children of God, the Church encourages us to make use of the ways by which we can be aided in this holy season of preparation, namely, through prayer, penance and alms giving. Let us continue to pray together as families under God’s protection. Let us do the appropriate penance and sacrifices that we can willingly offer to the Lord. And let us generously give whatever resources we have to help our neighbors, especially those who are in real need.
For the week of February 18th , 2018