From the Religious Education Coordinator

From the Religious Education Coordinator

In our Church ……

On Sunday the Church entered the second week of Lent.  The readings were about journey and travelling with Christ through hardship.  From the Sunday Missal: as followers of Jesus, we have nowhere to pitch our tents.  We must journey with Jesus through the hardships of life to glory.  There will be oases along the way – moments of consolation which reveal the presence of God among us.  We cannot remain in these moments for ever, but they give us refreshment.  Remembering them will sustain us on our pilgrim way.

I am reminded of that very beautiful Christian poem: Footprints.  While its authorship is of some dispute, the poem itself reflects the presence of God throughout pour journey, especially during the difficult times we experience.

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
other times there were one set of footprints.
This bothered me because I noticed
that during the low periods of my life,
when I was suffering from
anguish, sorrow or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints.
So I said to the Lord,
“You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you,
you would walk with me always.
But I have noticed that during
the most trying periods of my life
there have only been one
set of footprints in the sand.
Why, when I needed you most,
you have not been there for me?”
The Lord replied,
“The times when you have
seen only one set of footprints in the sand,
is when I carried you.”

The single set of footprints is our oases, those moments of consolation where God is revealed to us as hope, as strength and as comfort.

Mrs Caroline Morizzi, Religious Education Coordinator


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