St. Mary-the-Virgin, News for Sunday 1st March 2020

St. Mary-the-Virgin, News for Sunday 1st March 2020: Forty Days and Forty Nights.

Don’t miss tomorrow (Saturday) night’s concert at St Mary’s with the Torfaen Male Voice Choir as they sing a selection of songs from across the world, with some stunning soloists and enchanting choir – a fitting tribute on the eve of St David’s Day! Tickets are just £15 and can be bought via Eventbrite – a limited number of tickets will be available on the door at £20. The concert starts at 7.00pm. More details on the web-site.

Of course, Sunday is the First Sunday of Lent and Matthew’s Gospel recounts the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness. “He fasted for forty days and forty nights, after which he was very hungry, and the tempter came …” We too, have embarked upon a Lenten journey lasting forty days and forty nights. Like Jesus, we also will have to cope with temptation along the way. On Ash Wednesday, when we began the season of Lent, we may have made some promises to ourselves (and possibly promises to God) that we will give something up, or give alms to charity or perhaps take on some spiritual reading and additional time for prayer. It is so easy to relent – we are only human after all! But that is not a reason to give up! Start again with renewed vigour. 

There are lots of opportunities to grow closer to God during Lent and some of these are listed on the front of this week’s Pew Sheet. Make an effort. Try your best. It isn’t easy, but that is not the Christian way. There will be hardships and obstacles; but if we want to follow Jesus on his road to Calvary, then we will keep at it. Remember what Jesus said to his tempter in the wilderness: “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Let us do our very best to hear those words as we come to Mass, as we meet Him in Prayer and as we follow Him on our Christian Journey.

David Griffiths