Lent Message 2020

No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. Matthew 6:24

The forty days of Lenten observance are a remembrance of the forty days Jesus spent in the desert. However, whilst we use this time to prepare ourselves spiritually to better celebrate our Lod’s Passover from this life back to the Father, Jesus himself used his forty days fasting and praying as a preparation for life, His public life.

This lent I invite you to do the same let it be a time of self-reflection, self-consciousness, self-awareness. All the bad things the Prodigal Son has done away from the love of the father he has done them because he was out of his mind, he was divorced from himself not just from the Father. As the parable says, “when he came to his senses” (Luke 15: 17) he went back to the Father.

Money, to which the Prodigal Son was lured, is seen by
many as the god of this world but the reality is, let alone in eternity, even in the here and now, money cannot give you the most important things in life: It can buy you a bed, but not sleep; it can buy food, but not appetite; it can buy books, but not intelligence; it can buy luxury, but not beauty; it can buy a house, but not a home; medicines but not health; sex, but not love; pleasure, but not joy, entertainments but not happiness; a cross but not faith; an expensive plot in the cemetery, but not a place in heaven.

To possess much more than what is necessary to keep us alive, prevents us from “storing up treasures in heaven” (Mt 6:19-20), and spending our life cultivating human values. It is these values that give meaning and relevance to our life, both individually and collectively, and sustain it in eternity.

In supporting Radio Maria Canada, you are exchanging material goods into a treasures in heaven as we strive to broadcast the Gospel as the only means to live life to its fullness as God Our Father wants us to.

Fr. Jorge Amaro, IMC Editorial Director (Radio Maria Canada)