Challenges of Discipleship

Lent is a special time of renewal of our lives through the grace of God. Our God gives us a second chance to work on our personal conversion. The parable of the Fig-tree in today’s Gospel speaks on the one hand, of God’s patience, and on the other, that of the urgency of the call to conversion. Chances can run out if we fail to respond to God’s invitation and bear fruit in our lives. Jesus also warns us to learn from the random events that occur in the world. Our Loving God does not cause bad things or evil upon us. But the tragedies that may happen in our lives
can teach us to be better prepared.

Conversion is not static but an on-going experience. Being disciples, we must be ready constantly to renew our commitment to Christ. Our Parish Lenten Mission from tomorrow until Wednesday gives us a great opportunity for spiritual renewal. The inspiring talks by the popular evangelists Tony Brandt and Chris Stewart will guide us to understand the challenges of Discipleship and how to be better prepared to be effective Evangelizers.

I am looking forward to welcoming you all for our Parish Lenten Retreat from tomorrow!



Fr. Sunny Punnakuziyil, MSFS
Pastor, SJN