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Contact us at: Carmelite Monastery, Kirkintilloch
G66 3PE
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Sunday Mass 11.30

Saturday Mass 11.30

Weekday Masses Monday to Friday 8.30am

Sunday Evening
Exposition of the
Blessed Sacrament followed by Evening Prayer Sunday 4.30pm

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1st Sunday of Lent


The Wilderness

It says Jesus was driven into the desert.
He remained there.
We too can find ourselves in the empty places,
are we ready to remain there, or do we immediately distract ourselves in some way?
Jesus remained there, let the silence and solitude do it's work; so must we.
Yes, we will hear the voice of the tempter,
but not as the one who leads immediately into self indulgence,
no, it is much more subtle than that.
It is the voice that denies that we are children of God.
If we listen to the voices in our heads we often hear condemnation, belittling,
fears and anxieties about our inadequacy, how we appear to others.
It is at that point that we run from the desert,
reach for the glass of wine, the cream cake, something to sooth the pain.
The combat begins.
Are we going to listen to these voices or are we going listen to the voice of God
through the prophet Hosea:
“Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her...
And I will betroth you to me for ever.
I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in justice,
in steadfast love and in mercy.
I will betroth you to me in faithfulness.
And you shall know the Lord."
Our deepest capacity for God is opened up in the desert of our neediness.
The challenge is to stay in that needy place,
not to deny it or try to fill it with something less than God.
It is to open our hearts to the overwhelming gift of God's own self to us.
to really believe we are loved unconditionally,
that we are called to live in His presence, and through Christ
share the very life of the Trinity.