MAKE LENT MEANINGFUL
The reality of life is that we are human and thus imperfect. While many may think they are close to perfection they still have built-in limitations. Nevertheless, all have great capacity for being and doing great things beyond their wildest dreams. One of the greatest gifts we have is that of opportunity to be and do what we wish. The horizon is enormous where only we can set the limits. Now comes along one of our greatest opportunities to reflect; correct and refocus on our lives. We call this time Lent.
The theme traditionally highlighted in this sacred time of forty days, remembering the time Jesus spent in the desert in preparation for his public ministry, is Repentance. It is a Scriptural call through the ages to "shape up," "get your act together!" and "don't fool around" with the opportunities offered us. To a degree Lent is a wake-up call to reflect on our relationship with God. While we should be doing this throughout the entire year, the Lenten experience heightens the emphasis on discipline, self-control and rediscovery.
Take time to reflect on the direction of your life. Are you doing yourself justice by whittling away the time and opportunities the Lord has given you? Should you revise, rethink or revisit many of your secure ways? Being somewhat imperfect, are you conscious of sin in your life? Sin, as a distancing from God, is the most serious obstacle to your future. Denying our human frailty and saying everything is fine, leads to a false analysis of self. This just does not do justice to the investment of your life. You must take stock of your sinfulness, repent and move on. Once you have humbly accepted that sin is a part of your human experience, you can do something about it. Coming to the Lord with a humble spirit, you can ask for forgiveness. Done voluntarily you can start refreshed by the Lord's mercy and have a new start.
As we begin the sacred time of Lent, this opportune time for each of us to address our future in a mode of humble sorrow, we invite the Lord to be more alive in our lives. As the origin of all we are, it was never intended that we emancipate so much that we isolate Him. To do justice to our existence, the Lord ought to be an active part. Who knows, instead of being a time of deprivation, Lent can bring new understanding of ourselves where we sense great hope, joy and meaning in what we are. Make Lent a meaningful experience.
THE SEASON OF LENT. Lent provides an opportunity of great grace when we highlight our personal resolve to serve the Lord through prayer, fasting and alms giving. May we foster self-discipline in whatever way we deem appropriate. Abstinence from meat is obligated to all over the age of 14 on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Other Fridays of Lent are recommended for abstinence. Fasting is ideal for the other days of Lent. Masses will be celebrated Monday through Friday; 7:00am, 8:45am and Noon. Stations of the Cross will follow the Noon Mass on Fridays.
PRAYER OF THE WEEK
Prayer for the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Grant, O Lord, that we may always revere and love your holy name, for you never deprive of your guidance those you set firm on the foundation of your love. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.