Dear Fathers, Friends in Christ,
Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28a
Psalm 105:16-17, 18-19, 20-21
Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46
A wise priest once said, "There is the kind of Lent that we want to give to God,
and then there's the kind of Lent that God wants to give to us."
This Lent may not be going as we had planned. But perhaps it is going as God planned.
In today's first reading, Joseph planned to visit his brothers as they cared for their flocks of sheep. He never planned to be sold into slavery! Yet, that's what happened, and God permitted it. Ultimately, good came through it all.
Even if our Lent so far is not what we had planned, perhaps it's what God has planned for us.
So let us remember to trust God. God's love may take a surprising turn or two in our lives. So let's be alert to what He may be doing.
help me to stand back and look at my Lent so far.
What are You doing in my life, Lord?
Help me to see it, and to cooperate with You.
And Lord, help me to cooperate willingly and cheerfully,
even if it's not what I had planned.
Father Ed Bakker,
Anglican Catholic Church / Original Province
Mission of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne