Father Colum Kelly, Immingham port Chaplain brings to you insightful weekly reflections taken from the Gospels of the Sundays of Lent.
Our Lenten Voyage - Lent Week 01
The first week invites us into the wilderness. We read in the Gospel of the anguish of Jesus in the wilderness and all the uncertainties and trials that came his way in that bleak place. "What do we need to do before setting off on this voyage?" Asks Fr Colum. "Before any ship leaves port there are a lot of checks that need to be carried out to see that our vessel is fit to make the planned voyage and also to make allowances for any unexpected twists along the way. Check cargo. Importance of our being ready and prepared for what we might face. We need to check that we have enough fuel and provisions to last us; but not too much for that will slow us down. We mustn’t carry anything unnecessary... "...But for now, once we are sure the cargo is sorted, let's cast off from the shore and voyage together into the vast wilderness of the sea and allow ourselves to be tested, just as Jesus was in his wilderness. "The ropes are stowed, we have clearance from marine control and the sea will be our common home for the next six weeks."
Our Lenten Voyage - Lent Week 02
The Transfiguration – The Apostles were privileged to witness the inner life of Christ, when His splendour was revealed to them on the holy mountain. We pray that our voyage of Lent would bring us a deeper experience of God in our own lives, and to share in His divine life.
Our Lenten Voyage - Lent Week 03
God loves us in spite of what might be wrong in our lives. He can’t help it. God values us enough to come looking for us, to welcome us into a share of His love and to take delight in us even if others despise us.
Our Lenten Voyage - Lent Week 04
Week 4 – The Healing of the Man Born Blind Lent is a process of having our eyes opened to see and hope and love as Jesus does. Lent is about re-forming our seeing, our hoping and our desiring. The invitation of Jesus to the man born blind is clear and it is the same invitation to each of us. Go. Wash. See.
Our Lenten Voyage - Lent Week 05
Week 5 - Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. And Jesus said “Unbind him, let him go free” What a lovely command. There’s gentleness in the healing words and touch of Jesus in the Gospel. Perhaps we can try to be a little more gentle, more patient with those around us. Maybe our attempt at gentleness will rub off on others.
Our Lenten Voyage - Lent Week 06
Week 6 Palm Sunday - Jesus is crucified, and His body is placed in the tomb. As Lent draws to a close, we have much to reflect upon from our Lenten journey. May our prayer this Holy Week be for all who take up the cross as followers of Christ in service of others. For the courage never to be afraid to speak up for justice, and for people who are alone and feel tired and weary from the struggles of life.