Bishops offer weekly Lent reflections online

Bishop Peter Comensoli

Bishops from across Australia will be offering weekly Sunday Gospel reflections online as part of a new Lenten resource prepared by the Diocese of Broken Bay.

Seven bishops have prepared personal video reflections for Lent, which will be available each week on the Broken Bay website. The resource aims to help enrich the Lenten experience, and to bring family and friends together in a new way during the Easter journey through lectio divina, a form of meditative, prayerful, reading of the Scriptures.

Produced since 2008, the Broken Bay lectio divina resource is available as a booklet to download and includes readings, reflections and questions for discernment. This year the Scriptures will be further opened through the bishops' video reflections.

The bishops will provide their unique insight into what strikes them about the upcoming Sunday Gospel reading as well as considering what the reading teaches us and what it might mean for our lives.

In a video message, Broken Bay Bishop Peter Comensoli thanked his brother bishops for their contribution to the resource. "I'm grateful for the insights they've shared with all of us," he said.

Darwin Bishop Eugene Hurley begins the series this week, the First Sunday in Lent, focusing on Matthew's Gospel and the Temptation in the Desert:

"As we consider this Gospel, and it's a beautiful Gospel in many ways, it highlights the humanity of Jesus ... and gives us a beautiful way through that into a new place where we sense our own goodness, and the presence of God and the strength of the Holy Spirit."

Other bishops taking part in the series are: Bishop Peter Ingham of Wollongong, Bishop Greg O'Kelly SJ of Port Pirie, Bishop Anthony Randazzo of Sydney, Bishop Paul Bird CSsR of Ballarat, Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green OSPPE of Wilcannia-Forbes and Bishop Michael McCarthy of Rockhampton.

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Australian bishops offer reflections during Lent