Lenten Reflection – Fr John Denvir SMA

In this, the second in our series of Lenten Reflections, Fr John Denvir SMA reflects on his favourite colour – Purple.  He considers the many associations it has – with royalty, material wealth and high status.  In the Gospel we are told that Dives the wealthy man wore purple. He lived a life of privilege and luxury but showed no concern for Lazarus who lived in poverty.

Purple is also the colour of Lent – a symbol of change, humility and repentance. Lent is a time to recognise that we can be like Dives, uncaring and selfish.   

Therefore let us change, let us dress ourselves in the colour of service and repentance.  

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