Season of Lent

Season of Lent

The passion, death and resurrection of Jesus mark the climax of His salvific acts. The seven weeks between Denha and the feast of Easter are set apart for prayer, fasting, abstinence and reparation. The basis of this lenten season is the forty days fast of Jesus. Still, we call this period ‘Anpathu Nombu’ (50 days’ fasting). Probably, because St.Thomas Christians fasted and abstained from ‘pethurtha’ Sunday to Easter Sunday. The Syriac term ‘pethurtha’ means ‘looking back’, ‘reconciliation’ etc. Lent is a season set apart mainly for repentance and reconciliation.

We who became God’s children and new creation in baptism drifted away from God by committing sin. During this season we meditate upon man’s sin and its consequences, the need for repentance and conversion, the infinite love and mercy of God towards repentant sinners and the passion, death and burial of Jesus Christ. Lenten season calls our attention in a special way to the need for reconciliation with God and fellow beings. Therefore, in this period, the Church persuades the faithful to receive the sacrament of reconciliation.

The Church reminds us to spend the lenten period in fervent prayers, sincere fasting and generous almsgiving and to eradicate our evil desires. Like Jesus who conquered death and entered into life, let us also die to sin and enter into eternal life.

Pope Francis' Lenten Message

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each communities and every believer. Above all it is a “time of grace” (2 Cor 6:2). God does not ask of us anything that he himself has not first given us. “We love because he first has loved us” (1 Jn 4:19). 

He is not aloof from us. Each one of us has a place in his heart. He knows us by name, he cares for us and he seeks us out whenever we turn away from him. He is interested in each of us; his love does not allow him to be indifferent to what happens to us. Usually, when we are healthy and comfortable, we forget about others (something God the Father never does): we are unconcerned with their problems, their sufferings and the injustices they endure… Our heart grows cold. As long as I am relatively healthy and comfortable, I don’t think about those less well off. Today, this selfish attitude of indifference has taken on global proportions, to the extent that we can speak of a globalization of indifference. It is a problem which we, as Christians, need to confront.

Good Friday - April 19 2019

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As followers of Jesus, we need to embrace Good Friday, which is a little bit like saying we need to embrace torture.

From that time on, Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.

Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”

Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God but the things of men.”

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.

Matthew 16:21-25

Mission Statement

Bestowed with the Apostolic blessings of the Supreme Pontiff of Rome and of His Major Archbishop of Syro-Malabar Catholic Archeparchy of Ernakulam-Angamaly. 

St. Joseph's Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, Tampa Florida is a Parish within St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago, adhering to the Eastern traditions of the Catholic Church and cultural heritage of St. Thomas Catholic Christians of Kerala India, is dedicated to the service of the faithful for the Liturgical worship, Religious education, and to the works of Charity among its neighbors.

Beyond the primary objective to sustain nourish and enrich the spiritual needs of the families of Syro-Malabar origin, St. Joseph's Syro-Malabar Catholic Church envisions its ministry to transform its faithful to be the beacons of traditional Catholic Christian values through their exemplary living among the fellow citizens around them.

Lent Reflection

Proud men have hidden a snare for me; they have spread out the cords of their net and have set traps for me along my path.

Psalm 140:5