Bishop McKenna's Lenten Message 2020
Dear Friends in Christ,
As we begin our observance of Lent in preparation for Easter this year, we can give thanks to God for the rain that we have received in recent weeks. We hope and pray that it will continue and that we may have a good year. Of course, the work of rebuilding lives and livelihoods that were battered by the long drought must continue: and we must renew our pledge to help one another.
The scriptures often use the image of rain falling from heaven to talk about the grace of God. Shower, O heavens, from above, and let the skies rain down righteousness; let the earth open, that salvation may sprout forth, and let it cause righteousness to spring up also…(Isaiah 45:8)
When I visited parishes in the northwest of our Diocese a couple of weeks ago, the paddocks were green, the dams were full and the rivers were flowing again. People were smiling. Last week, there were plenty of smiles, too, at the ordinations of our two new priests, Fathers Karl Sinclair and Dong Van Nguyen: the fruit of God’s grace.
Lent is not a gloomy time, but a time to open our lives to the shower of God’s grace, which brings the joy of new growth. By spending more time discovering God’s presence in prayer; by letting go of our attachments to comforts and luxuries; by sharing what we have with those who have less: we can experience the life of God, who is calling us to Resurrection.
Have a happy Lent.
Bishop of Bathurst
25th February 2020