It looks like the Belize mission trip had an amazing time. The last I talked to them, they were doing well if not still a little tired. It sounds like they made a great impact not just on the living conditions of some of the people, but also in the friendships they have have made.
The junior high lock-in last weekend went well. There were about 14 kids, including some for the parishes to the south. Jonah Lippert even came back and hung out with the kids devising crazy fun games for the kids. We also had some time for prayer and Eucharistic Adoration.
I usually give very similar homilies to you and the students at the Newman Center each weekend. A while back, I was discussing some of the things they were learning in their business ethics class. I gave them a little taste of Catholics ethics. They were blown away by some of the ideas and principles. So this got me thinking that I should do a series of homilies on Catholic moral principles. Often, and usually from outside sources, we hear what the Catholic Church believes on one issue or another. But have often have we stopped and asked, “why?” What ideas or principles are behind that position? These are some of the things I hope to look at in the following weeks. I realize it is Lent and we only have a couple of more weeks. However, I figure what better time to talk about ethics and morals than Lent. If Lent is about striving to become more holy, then it would be good to learn more about ethics and morals. If I don’t finish before Palm Sunday, we’ll just continue after Easter.
As we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Lent, Jesus invites us to believe in Him. Today we hear probably the most famous verse of Scripture: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” St. John goes on to say that Jesus is the light that has come into the world. Usually we think of the darkness as being frightening, but as St. John says, sometimes we can find the light to be frightening. Those who have something to hide want to keep it hidden in the darkness, in the unknown parts of their lives. But Jesus invites us to expose our lives, good and bad to His light so that He can forgives us our sins and no longer live in fear of our sins. If there are dark secrets in the crevices of your soul, I invite you to expose them to the Light of Christ, especially in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
May God bless and keep you,