TBC had a gathering of its members to reflect on the Lent
To me the TBC meeting and Lenten reflection last night was fantastic. I thank all of you for attending in full force with your families. It was also a great opportunity for my sons Lawrence and Justin to catch up with all of you all after 6 months.
The Stations of the Cross and the rosary that was recited were great. The intentions we prayed for were realistic and down to earth. The special prayer for Mr.Santhanasamy was very appropriate considering he was critically ill in the hospital.
The video clip on the passion of Christ titled, “We are the reason” was very touching and meaningful to me that I wanted to share with the group. I hope it meant a lot to you as well. It is true that Jesus had to die in the cruelest way because of us and his death on the cross in the hands of the most powerful should make us realise the reason for us to live.
The movie clip can be viewed at : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrPAZbD6fG0
The reflection which presented at the end of the video was on the words of Jesus taken from the Gospel of Luke 9:23, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.".We all talk about carrying our crosses but what does it mean to carry our crosses daily in our lives? The 3 things below summarise the meaning of carrying our cross daily.
1. 1.The everyday duties that we are required to perform to carry out our vocations in life
2. 2.. Loving our brothers and sisters and putting up with their weaknesses
3. 3.Trusting the Lord in our insecurities as we face the ordinary trials of life
We also touched on what Lent meant to Mother Teresa. She said, "As Lent is the time for greater love, listen to Jesus' thirst...'Repent and believe' Jesus tells us. What are we to repent? Our indifference, our hardness of heart. What are we to believe? Jesus thirsts even now, in your heart and in the poor “.
We all talk about repent but really is repentance? Going for confession, fasting and penance may all be ways to seek repentance but real repentance should be for what Mother Teresa says – our indifference and our hardness of heart to the pain and suffering around us.
Reflecting on the Stations of the Cross which reminds us of the tragic death of Jesus over 2000 years ago is meaningless if we do not apply the lessons from his death to our lives today. It was for this reason we included 3 short videos which I found very touching and meaningful. These were:
1. 1.A letter from mom and dad http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TB6VkEcXfTo
2. 2. The inspiring story about a father, his son and a sparrow http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kpLDkWg5DA
3. 3.The inspiring story of Teddy – Make a difference http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zv97CM1LF4Y
To me it was an evening of sharing which what is Lent is all about. Of course the fellowship that followed was splendid. I hope all of you enjoyed the evening and found the reflections meaningful. To put into practice what we reflected I hope many will be joining me in “An Afternoon with the Sunshine Cottage Welfare Home” this Sunday, 18 March 2012.