Fr. Johnny Doherty, C.Ss.R.

February 18th – 24th 2018

The Kingdom of God is Close at Hand

Jesus said: “Repent and believe the Good News”. At the beginning of Lent, this call of Christ sets the agenda for the next six weeks. The first thing we have to do is ‘repent’. What does that mean for us? It simply means ‘let go’ – let go of the things and the ways of living that limit our freedom to love God with our whole heart and strength and our neighbour as ourselves. Secondly Christ calls us to ‘believe the Good News’. This means to live the Good News, to practise being happy, to bring joy and peace and healing to all those we live with and those we meet. This obviously has huge implications for married couples in their relationship; for families in their life together; and for every parish community. Lent is not just about giving things up but rather about changing in ways that will bring life to others. Six weeks practice should make a profound difference to our lives.

Morning Prayer, when together

Father, through our observance of Lent

help us to understand the meaning

of your Son’s death and resurrection,

and teach us to reflect it in our love for each other.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

During the day, when apart

Lord, make us worthy of the love we share

in our marriage and family life.

May your presence with us

help to change our lives.

We ask this through Christ Our Lord.

 Evening/Night Prayer together

Father, you increase our faith and hope,

you deepen our love through your word to us.

Help us to live by your words

and to seek all that is good and life-giving to each other.

We ask this through Christ Our Lord.

Questions for Action for the week

For your marriage: In what one way can you make your wife/husband special this week?

Plan well and follow through with your plan.

For others: Think of a relative or friend you haven’t been in touch with for some time. Make contact this week.