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Reflection For First Sunday Of Lent

Kathleen Aparo, CND Associate

For to His angels he has given command about you, that they guard you in all of your ways.

In reading Psalm 91, we see and feel God’s heart for His children. Here we read that when we acknowledge Him as our refuge and fortress, our God in whom we trust, He then offers us His everything... His strength in trouble, His protection against evil, His comfort in our distress. And then, just to delight, He commands His angels to guard us in all of our ways. I know as a child seeing the familiar picture of two children crossing a bridge, an angel spreading her wings around them, was a magical scene. I never doubted back then. Of course, I had a guardian angel! Of course, I needed to leave room for her on my seat in school! I was sure about angels. And then... I just began to forget. Life happened, marriage and babies happened and sad to say, my guardian angel took a back seat.

I didn’t read much scripture as a young mother. The readings at Mass were in my life, but I was not alive to them...until a time during my thirties, when I was facing a health scare. Dealing with anxiety and fear, I fell into my Bible. The Lord is my Shepherd became my daily mantra. The Mass became irresistible. I became different. Paul’s reminder today that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved, became a supremely beautiful truth!

What came after those days of blessing and grace was a journey of faith not unlike yours. Twists and turns, ups and downs, questions...but the difference of knowing that God was in it all, made all the difference. On our spiritual journeys and in our lives in general, we all have our bridges to cross. In those places, reaching for a hand is a good thing. Whether it’s the hand of an angel with wings or the hand of a friend who is an angel, we know by faith whose presence is by our side, step by step.

Most of us will hear the song On Eagle’s Wings as we read through Psalm 91. Perhaps as we begin our Lenten journey, we might like to think about the music that touches us, music that raises us up on eagle’s wings. Surely our guardian angels would enjoy these Lenten days listening to music that nurtures the souls they so faithfully tend.

Kathleen Aparo is a CND Associate at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Hayesville, North Carolina. Besides writing, her heart is in her family, her music and dear friends.



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