Dear Brother and Sisters in Christ
Today we are celebrating the Fourth Sunday in Lent that is also known as Laetare Sunday and also as Mothering Sunday in the traditional, conservative Anglican Churches.
Today was the time where people got a day off including house servants to go home and visit family and visit their "Mother Church" meaning the Church where they were baptized in or the diocesan church and attend mass and a service there. It was also an important family day where children collected flowers and gave their mothers gifts but also remembering mothers and grandmothers who have gone to heaven and are no longer with us.
Mothers are so precious to us as there is nothing closer then a connection and love between a Mother and Child that is why this bondage should never get endangered but kept innocent.
Laetare Sunday is the fourth Sunday in Lent where priests are asked what happened to their vestments when coming back from the dry cleaners and how come they are pink.
Laetare Sunday is the Fourth Sunday in Lent ans is a day in Lent to rejoice and be happy. We are looking forward to the Passion week and what is to come upon us. We are looking forward to the end of the penitential season and the joy of anticipation of the Resurrection. Today's introit at Mass is the Laetare Jerusalem meaning from Latin Rejoice O Jerusalem.
There are just a couple of weeks left in Lent and these are so important as we are growing in faith and spending more time with God.
In my sermon at mass i reminded that if people see Easter as an ordinary day off like a week end then they should volunteer to go to work and make it possible for a good Christian to take that day off.
I also remind that Easter is not about a bunny or little chicks neither is it about new spring life coming up as we are not pagans or heathens that celebrate the seasons. Easter is about the entire time of Lent, Passion Week where we spend time with God, reflect and reconcile.
A time where we remind us that we are mortal and weak and that Christ gave us a new life as Christians where he sacrificed himself for our sins and gives us hope in his resurrection and ascension. He remind us that he is not human in the flesh but Divine and without Sin and truly the Son of God that all the old generations waited for and yet when he came denied him.
Jesus was persecuted the minute he was born and still after his death and resurrection and even putting death at its rest resurrected from the dead and went up into heaven to be with his Father and to Judge us and to transform our lives.
In the Old Testament and old Laws God used mortal prophets who where with sin and whipped out the entire race when it became corrupt and yet people denied God. He gave his only son to bring people back on His path and Will and they killed him. God gave us miracles to believe and yet we doubt. Jesus healed, saved, reminded us not to sin and cast out demons, gave us nourishment including giving us the grace to partake in his souls and being as a reminder that we all belong to his body and blood meaning his universal entire Church.
We have the 10 Commandments, the laws of the new covenant. Our answers found in the Bible including the good advice, council and hope all where we can find it in one divine Book and testimony and witnessed by those who walked, talked and ate with him and yet today the most hated source is the Bible.
It is spat on, burnt and labeled as hateful to those who deny Christ and are blinded by spirit and are compensating with worldly pleasures and lust in the flesh and are not living in true peace only God can give us. They are poorer then the poorer even as millionaires.
We are a poor society blinded and without hope that do not want God or partake in Christ. Their master is Satan yet they call it worldliness, pleasure, lust, riches, confusion in gender and sexuality and choice.
There is no such thing called Choice only a choice to sin and or be a Child of God or of Satan we can not have two masters. We need to make up our final mind to belong to God and follow his will and be obedient.
Lent is a time of reflection and of repenting and Eater needs to be observed as the Holiest of Holy Days. There are just a couple of more weeks in Lent. Enjoy them and rejoice as it is up to us to be creative and how we spend Lent.
Yours In Christ
++ Right Reverend Elena Aloysius Pius OSC
Suffragan Bishop for the Trinitarian Anglican Church