1st Sunday of Lent

Monday Evening Confessions Across the Diocese of Scranton this Lent – On Monday, February 19th from 5:30-7:00pm, and on all Mondays in Lent, we will be offering confessions here at St. John the Baptist, together with all the Catholic parishes in our Diocese as we celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the founding of the Church of Scranton. This outreach is called “The Light Is On For You” and is an effort to make it as easy as possible for every Catholic to come or to return to this great source of God’s mercy and healing love. As we celebrate a century and a half of God’s mercy renewing and sustaining generations of Catholics in our area, we welcome you to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation here or in any other Catholic parish in our Diocese. The Diocesan website, www.dioceseofscranton.org/light has great materials to help you prepare. Please make plans to come and invite others to take advantage of this diocesan-wide opportunity to renew your faith, for it is the Christian journey that makes us one.

February 18, 2018
Mk 1:12-15

No need to be alone

     When you read of Jesus’ temptation, what strikes a chord of empathy in you? The heat? His hunger? The moral struggle? A compelling picture this Messiah – hungry, parched, exhausted. Yet even more sorrowful is the fact that Jesus endured these trials all alone.  While angelic messengers offered comfort, Jesus lacked the compassion of even a single human heart. As would happen throughout His life when a crisis hit, the people dearest to Jesus seemed to disappear.

It’s a situation familiar to many of us. Our lives are packed with friends when we celebrate. But where are those numbers when serious illness strikes? Who remains loyal when financial or legal troubles arise? And should we truly stumble into sin, who reaches out in compassion and mercy? Jesus does. He knows the sorrow of isolation. He remembers how it felt to have friends walk away. It is this that makes our Savior so precious to us. Having walked the human path, He knows the deepest needs of our hearts even in our darkest times. With Christ we need never be alone.

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Thoughts on repentance

     There is no thirst of the soul so consuming as the desire for pardon. The sense of its bestowal is the starting point of all goodness. It brings with it, if not the freshness of innocence, still a glow of inspiration that nerves feeble hands for hard tasks, a fire of hope that lights anew the old high ideal, so that it stands before the eye in clear relief, beckoning us to make it our own. To be able to look into God’s face and know with the knowledge of faith that there is nothing between the soul and Him is to experience the fullest peace the soul can know. Whatever else pardon may be, it is above all things admission into full fellowship with God.