From the Deacon’s Desk:  Prayer and Inspirational Thoughts

March 22 – Fourth Sunday in Lent

We are in the midst of our Lenten journey.  Our readings this week take on a tone of calling us out of the darkness into the light.  “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”  This passage in the second reading is a reminder that it is Christ who is our hope and our light.  In the gospel he heals a blind man giving him sight.  During this moment in history, a moment of darkness as we grapple with COVID-19, it is through prayer, through Christ and in Christ that we find hope and light.  He calls each of us as well to be His light, lifting one another out of the darkness.

As Vincentians, now more than ever, our neighbors in need find comfort in our presence in their lives.  We offer the hope of Christ.  Many who have not faced challenges before may now find themselves confronted with new circumstances.  Our prayers, our presence and the light of Christ which we make apparent through our ministry.  We may be the only light present in their lives at this point.  We must trust in the guidance and protection of Christ to inform our ministry during this time.  Do I make myself available to others to be the presence of Christ in their time of need?  Am I willing overcome my fears, and find ways to meet the needs of those who are most vulnerable?

Lord Jesus, help me to see your light and goodness through the darkness.  Give me the courage find ways to minister to others, overcoming all obstacles.  Allow me to place my trust in your guidance for my ministry.  Help me to be the light and presence that others might find your hope in their lives as well.  We pray all of this in your name.  Amen

Deacon Mike