What’s Your Mirror Image?

holy week imageThere is an African folk tale about a princess who lived with her father, the chieftain, and their tribe in the heart of the jungle many, many years ago. All her life, the princess was told by everyone that she was the most beautiful of women. With no mirror to see herself, she had convinced herself of her unparalleled beauty.

One day, a party of European explorers traveled through that part of Africa. As a peace offering, they presented the chieftain and the tribe with a number of gifts. To the princess, they gave a mirror.

For the first time in her life she was able to see her own reflection. Her immediate reaction was to smash the mirror on the nearest rock. For the first time in her life, she saw the truth.

These forty days of Lent hold up a mirror to our own lives and challenge us to face the reflection that we see. It is a time to go off into the “wilderness” and take a hard look at the choices we have made in our lives and the values upon which we actually live our lives. Lent calls us to embrace God’s Spirit of truth so that we may make the choices demanded by our complicated and complex world with courage, insight and faith.

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord is four days away. On Ash Wednesday, as we began our Lenten journey, we made a commitment to prayer, fasting and works of charity. Our journey through Lent will conclude as the Sacred Paschal Triduum begins on Holy Thursday – a little over a week from today. Join me in being more intentional during these final days of Lent in being faithful to the challenge to repent and believe in the gospel.

This Sunday celebrate Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord with your parish community. Think about attending daily Mass, if you aren’t already doing so, during these final days of Lent. Experience the forgiveness of the Lord in the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession). It might even be necessary to renew the commitments you made as you began your journey through Lent.

As we anticipate the Sacred Paschal Triduum – put the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper on your calendar – it is at 7:30 pm at Saint John Bosco Parish. Make time available on Good Friday to participate in the Solemn Celebration of Friday of the Passion of the Lord – it is at 3:00 pm at Saint John Bosco Parish. Decide now which Mass on Easter you will join with your parish community in celebrating the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus.

Question – What is it that you see as you hold up a mirror to your life? What’s different has become different since Ash Wednesday? What remains the same? 

April 9th, 2014 |