This is the time for your annual retreat. If we are not ostriches (who reputedly keep their heads in the sand) we each need regularly to face up to some basic questions: Where am I? Where is my life going? What is really important for me? What is real? To do this we journey with Jesus. We start the retreat today. Jesus is acclaimed with some hysterical enthusiasm. It is short-lived. The hostility simmers and grows each day. It intensifies from Thursday evening . So do the gifts which are Jesus’ answer to hate. We accompany him. He washes our feet: doing the most menial tasks for our well-being. He gives himself. Totally. In communion. Then by dying in excruciating agony. “No greater love than that one gives his life for his friends” There is opportunity to share with Jesus his agony in the garden of Gethsemane on Thursday; in Stations of the cross at 10.30 and 8 pm and the 3pm liturgy on Friday. When we have plumbed the depths, praying with him, there follows the sudden outburst of joy on Saturday night. Come, and be changed by it.
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