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message of Lent is the message of the Gospel, indeed of the entire Bible, the
message that God already in the book of Leviticus commanded his chosen people:
“Be holy as I your God am holy”(Lev.11,44). The apostle Peter repeats this
command in his first letter (1.Pet.1,16). Jesus stresses this command twice in
the Gospels: “Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect”(Matt.5,48) and “Be
merciful as your heavenly Father is merciful”(Luke 6,36). In other words, we
must be like God himself. But you will no doubt protest, that this is
impossible. Yes, it is impossible for man, but for God all things are possible
(Matt.19,26). We must remember that on account of our baptism, we are no longer
just ordinary people, not just God’s creatures, but God’s sons and daughters,
God the King’s sons and daughters. Therefore, our conduct in every possible way
must reflect this truth.
In the sacrament of baptism we are grafted into holiness itself,
Jesus Christ. That is, we are in the depths of our being, holy. However, this
holiness must grow and become visible in our life. How? By loving as God loves.
Genuine love is genuine holiness. Genuine love, to love as God loves, is to will
the other’s good in all things and for the sake of the other without conditions
and limits. As the apostle Paul writes to his beloved Christians in Colossae:
“...clothe yourselves with heartfelt mercy, with kindness, humility, meekness,
and patience. Bear with one another; forgive one another. Forgive as the Lord
has forgiven you!”(Col.3,12-13).
Jesus commanded his disciple that they must love one anther as he (And he
is God!) loves them. This is not any ideal that we must strive after. In no way!
It is a very clear command from our warrior King, who leads us in the war
against the powers and forces of Hell. And as loyal soldiers, we obey him. He
has equipped us with the needed strength to be victorious over Satan and the
entire hoards of Hell, namely, the Holy Spirit - the fire of God’s
In this Lent and the time after Lent let us become very conscious of the
truth that we are holy people by the fact that we are grafted into the body of
Christ. From this consciousness we must every day make the most important choice
of our life - to become a saint.
Palm Sunday the
9th of April and again Ascension Thursday
the 25th of May, the Faroese Television Network come and record our
Mass and send it the same day at 4 p.m. It is important that we fill the church
on these two occasions. But not only these two occasions, but every Sunday Mass.
We must remember that Holy Mass is that form of worship that God Himself has
given us. The Mass is the most important and greatest act in the Christian life.
When we attend at and participate in Holy Mass with all our heart, we sense
ourselves as genuine human beings as God created us. We are created to worship
and praise God. When we do so, we are people pleasing to God.
Reception into the
Sunday, Janus Dam Guttesen will be received into the Catholic
Church’ full fellowship with reception of the sacraments of Confirmation and
Holy Communion during Sunday’s Mass.
Sale which was held on Saturday the 18th of March, brought in
18,201 crowns. This amount has been sent in
its entirety to Caritas Danmark to help impoverish farmers in
Easter Liturgies in