It was a huge privilege to be in Dresden as the city marked 70 years since the bombings. It was both a sombre time of acknowledging deep hurt, but also a celebration of the most unlikely friendship that has sprung up between former enemies. This, as Archbishop Justin said, is miraculous. It’s a picture of the Gospel. Our selfishness and sin has made us enemies with God, but Jesus, the “friend of sinners” has enabled us to be reconciled with God once again (see Romans 5:8-10). We are friends of God, which is the greatest miracle of all.
It’s soon the season of Lent, when we remember Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness, and prepare ourselves for celebrating the greatest event in history – Jesus’ resurrection. Lent is a time of self-examination and self-discipline, and generosity. Have you thought about what you might give up? If you do give something, how can you use the time or money you save to build up your relationship with God? Let us pray for grace to keep Lent faithfully and to give ourselves more fully to God.