In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
In Luke's Gospel (4: 16-21) we hear Jesus speak about himself:
'The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favour.'
Lent ends this evening at the Mass of the Lord's Supper. Jesus reminds people of what has happened in his ministry and he invites people to serve one another in the washing of his disciple's feet – he came not to be served but to served and he calls us to live in the same way.
Tomorrow we witness the story of Jesus' death on a cross. At the Easter Vigil on Saturday night, we hear our ancient story and bear witness to the power of the Resurrection where God's love overcomes death itself. On Easter Sunday the Good News of Jesus' Resurrection bursts from the empty tomb to the world. Our churches will celebrate this high drama in many ways through word, song, dramas, food and drink but we still need to think about how we are only able to share in this joy though Jesus' sacrifice of love
Take a moment of silence and think about what we can give to God through our loving actions. Instead of only asking for things for ourselves, let us ask for strength to face our problems and for guidance in making our own decisions. Help us to be aware of the needs of others and when it is possible to reach out in service to them.
Seeking new life, we close our prayer in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.