March Newsletter

Mass Schedule
10:30 a.m. Charles Fillmore Chapel

March 2: Bishop Janet Sunderland
March 9: First Sunday of Lent
Bishop Cliff Kroski
March 16: Second Sunday of Lent
Bishop Janet Sunderland
March 23: Third Sunday of Lent
Bishop Cliff Kroski
March 30: Fourth Sunday of Lent
Bishop Janet Sunderland

The Ash Wednesday Service will be on Wednesday, March 5th at 6:30 p.m. in the Myrtle Fillmore Chapel. We hope you can join us as we begin the season of Lent.

The annual Lenten Reconciliation Service will be held on Monday, March 31st at 6:30 p.m. in the Charles Fillmore Chapel.
We celebrate the last Sunday of Ordinary time until June 22nd on March 2nd. The Gospel assures us that we need not worry about material things, nor the cares of the world. Jesus tells us to look at “the birds of the air or the wild flowers,” they are taken care of. We will also be taken care of.

Reflections for March
We celebrate Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. The ashes which come from last year’s palms remind us that we seek to be transformed from our past. This transformation is a “death” to things which keep us and hold us in darkness. We are told to “follow the light” as we celebrate the weeks of Lent.

Continuing with Matthew’s gospel on the First Sunday of Lent, Jesus is led by the Spirit into the desert where he engages in a conversation with the devil. Jesus is tempted with food, protection, and power. This passage reflects our desert experience during Lent as we move from the darkness of our “temptations” into the light of transformation.
The Second Sunday of Lent presents Matthew’s Transfiguration. It is a story of transformation and change that connects Jesus to the Old Testament figures of Moses and Elijah as he stands with his disciples on a mountain. The Matthean account repeats the phrase heard by the people present at the baptism of Jesus, “This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased.” However, the phrase contains an addition, “Listen to him.” Even though the disciples are to listen to Jesus, he tells them not to tell anyone what they witnessed until after “the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”
The Third Sunday of Lent switches to John’s Gospel and we hear the rather long account of Jesus’ conversation, at a well, with the Samaritan woman. This is only present in John. Jesus engages in an entertaining repartee with the woman who recognizes the inequalities of being a Samaritan and a woman in the presence of a Jew. The woman is attracted to Jesus’ claim that he can give “living water,” and she believes. Jesus then tells the woman that he is the promised Messiah.
The last Sunday of the month’s Gospel tells a rather long healing narrative about the cure of a blind man. Some of the people doubted the man was even blind in order to discredit Jesus’ healing power.
May we journey through this Lenten season, aware of the transforming power of Christ in our lives.
+ Cliff and + Janet

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