As we move gently into this wonderful season of Lent we are quietly reminded of our “mortal-ness.” Yes, we ease into the old familiar practices of blackened foreheads, penitential rites, honest thoughts of atonement for our sins, and the Passion of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We actually look forward to praying the Stations of the Cross in the same way we have for many, many years. We come to Mass and hear the Lenten readings and we are inspired by the homilies we take into our hearts. We seem to have a somewhat “different” attitude as we come forward to receive the Precious Body and Blood. We have the opportunity to ponder what this season is all about. We need this. We need Lent. We need the ashes. We need the penance services and Confession. We need to confess our own sinfulness and reconcile with those we have hurt by our insensitivity and uncaring. We need to walk in the footsteps of Jesus and Mary on that inglorious climb to Calvary. We need more than ever to experience the Eucharist. We need to hear the warnings of the Scriptures and the encouraging words of the homilies. We need to respect this time of year when things are somehow quieter and less harried. We need this time to need God. As we realize our human neediness we need something to look forward to and that something is Easter. You and I can now take the time to reflect on the fact that Jesus suffered and died on the cross for each one of us individually and at the same time He did for all of us together. And for each one of us He rose from the dead! Let’s bond together in God’s Love for us this Lent and be thankful we have the chance to repent.
A “happy” Lent to all,
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC