St Eugene’s Cathedral
Francis Street, Derry
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During the six weeks of Lent 2020, Bishop Donal McKeown invites us, as individuals, as families and parish faith communities of the Diocese of Derry, to use the six Sunday Gospels of Lent to look at the life of service to which God is calling all of us, as the 2020 disciples of Jesus.
Priests and parishioners of the diocese are asked to create opportunities in their parish for discussion of each Gospel reflection.
The parish conversation may take place over a cup of tea after Mass, it might take place after a Weekday Mass, it might be in the form of a more structured discussion perhaps put together by the Parish Pastoral Council. It could be a case of handing out flyers at Mass with the discussion points, so that families can discuss them at home.
Bishop Donal's first reflection for consideration is outlined below.
The Gospel of the first Sunday of Lent 2020 can be viewed here on CatholicIreland.Net
Reflection by Bishop Donal
Now He is tempted to carry out His ministry in a way that is more comfortable than that of the Suffering Servant. To impress people, show off, play power games – that would be easier – but Jesus rejects those temptations. Through the Cross is the only road to Resurrection.
Today's Gospel offers each parish community the chance to look at where we are tempted to water down the challenge of following Jesus and make life easier for ourselves.
Reflections for discussion and consideration:
+ Donal McKeown
Bishop of Derry