Lent - Celebration of the Word
We begin by lighting our candle and making the Sign of the Cross
Today we have purple cloths on all of our prayer tables because it is the season of Lent.
If we had been at school last Wednesday, we would have all gone to Mass because it was Ash Wednesday. You may have gone with your families. As Mass we have ashes marked on our foreheads. We recognise that we have done wrong and promise to try to do better.
Today’s reading is about a promise too.
A reading from the Book of Genesis
Then God said to Noah and his sons, 9 “I now make my promise to you and to your people who will live after you. 10 I make my promise to all the birds, and to all the cattle, and to all the animals that came out of the boat with you. I make my promise to every living thing on earth. 11 This is my promise to you: All life on the earth was destroyed by the flood. But that will never happen again. A flood will never again destroy all life on the earth.”
12 And God said, “I will give you something to prove that I made this promise to you. It will continue forever to show that I have made an agreement with you and every living thing on earth. 13 I am putting a rainbow in the clouds as proof of the agreement between me and the earth. 14 When I bring clouds over the earth, you will see the rainbow in the clouds. 15 When I see this rainbow, I will remember the agreement between me and you and every living thing on the earth. This agreement says that a flood will never again destroy all life on the earth.
The Word of the Lord…..
God’s rainbow was in the sky and a reminder that He always keeps His promises, St Paul tells us “ No matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘yes’ in Christ". The next time you see a rainbow, remember the promise God made to Noah, and remember that just as God has kept that promise, He keeps all of His promises to you, too Some of us will be making Lenten promises to try to do better, let’s all try to keep our promises too.
Let us pray
Dear God, we’re thankful that You keep Your promises. Help us to keep our promises, too. In Jesus’ name, Amen.