Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Daily Lenten inspiration, April 4, 2011 (Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent)

Transcript of homily recorded on Monday, April 4, 2011

By Monsignor Gerald McSorley

While getting dressed this morning I was listening to the radio and a commercial came on and it had the line, "Let your new life begin." Some of you may be familiar with that commercial. It is a commercial which promotes a product for losing weight.

"Let your new life begin" — that could be the theme that we hear in today's first reading where God, through the prophet Isaiah, says, "Lo, I am about to create new heavens and a new earth. The things of the past shall not be remembered or come to mind."

The theme of a new beginning is a very popular one, a very frequent one, in the scriptures. God gives and encourages new beginnings. The things of the past can be left behind. Our sins are forgiven, they can be left in the past and we can have a new beginning always in our relationship with God.

The royal official and his son in the Gospel passage, the son who was healed by Jesus, they too had a new life thanks to Jesus, thanks to the miracle that Jesus gave that family by healing the son. A new beginning, a new life.

And during Lent, the church invites us to a new beginning with God in our relationship with God. If there is something that needs to be left behind — left in the past — if there is some darkness in our lives, something we need to let go of, now is the time to do it, now is the time to begin again, to begin anew and allow God to work wonders in our lives, too. And so we can say that God tells us every day that we can have a new beginning with him.

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