Christ dies to rise again so that his Father will be glorified. We too are brought back to true life in Christ. If we die with him, we will rise with him, and be living witnesses to the power of resurrection.
The triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem gives way to his passion and death.
Yet within a few days Jesus will rise triumphant from the dead.
He is the firm ground of our hope that all sufferings in this life are overcome in the power of his resurrection.
Christ, like a grain of wheat that dies in order to produce new life, dies for us.
Following, his example, we are called to realise that if we want eternal life we have to be prepared to give our lives to God. The Lord writes his law in our hearts and we submit humbly to his will, even in times of pain and suffering. There is no greater school in which to grow in holiness.
Jesus Christ is given to the world by God the Father so that those who believe in his name may be saved.
He brings us new life because previously we were dead through sin but now we are saved through grace.
We are God’s work of art, created in Jesus Christ.
Christ gave his life in love to his Father; in a way beyond human understanding, his death shows the wisdom of God.
Christ rose again from the dead; the message of eternal life is contained in Christ’s death and resurrection.
Christ did not come to explain away suffering; he came to fulfil it.
Like Abraham we are called to be prepared to sacriﬁce everything to God, and thus we ﬁnd fulﬁlment.
God will refuse us nothing now that Christ, risen from the dead, pleads our cause in heaven.
We die to the world and live to God through the waters of baptism.
We will still be tempted, as Christ was in the wilderness, but if we repent and believe the Gospel we have nothing to fear.
The Lord is faithful to those who keep their promises to him.
Like the leper, we cry out to Christ, who alone can cure us of all our troubles and weakness. He reaches out and touches us with his grace, telling us to be cured. We belong to Christ in the company of the saints, and are called to do everything for the glory of God. We are a people of joy because we know that Christ delivers us from our sins.
CAFOD’s Family Fast Day this Lent is an opportunity to support our brothers and sisters who don’t have enough to eat. On Friday 23 February can you give up a meal, or eat a simple meal, in solidarity?
With malnutrition still killing almost three million children a year, your fasting, prayers and donations will ensure more of God’s children have enough good food to eat.
And this Lent, your donation will make double the difference. For every pound you donate to CAFOD, the UK Government will also donate a pound, up to a total of £5 million, meaning twice the number of lives can be transformed. Twice the number of children can have the opportunity to grow up healthy and strong.
£6=£12: Provides seeds to grow peanuts and make nutritious peanut butter
£28=£56: Buy all the seeds needed for a family to plant a garden full of vegetables
£97=£194: Teach two health workers and a network of local mums how to spot signs of malnutrition in children
In 1960, a group of Catholic women did something extraordinary. They organised the rst Family Fast Day to support mothers and babies in Dominica who were suffering from malnutrition. They received overwhelming support. From this, CAFOD was born.
Elspeth Orchard, one of CAFOD’s founders, explained: “We weren’t doing anything special, we were just doing what we thought we ought to do, remembering that we are all God’s children.”
Our fast is a symbolic act of love for people who have to go without food.
Whether you fast on your own, with your parish, give up a meal, or organise a soup lunch, your fasting, prayers and donations will mean more of God’s children have enough good food to eat.
Jesus Christ gives meaning to our lives. Without him life can seem no better than hired drudgery, but with his Spirit in us, all our service of others is done for love. This is a service that brings perfect freedom. The world needs Christ, and it is our calling to bring him to everyone.