It's no what you give up this Lent. It's what you become.
Reflection: Do you remember where and how you celebrated Easter Sunday last year! Another year has passed, much of it colored by Covid-19 and our simple hope that all the restrictions and concern would end in a couple of months. Since last year we have all learned another way of “Sacrifice” and “Offering it up.” We have grown in compassion, in waiting, in patience and acceptance, gratitude and less complaining, less unnecessary spending and traveling. We have learned new ways of reaching out to others to show love and concern. We have also coped with silence and even loneliness.
Take some time to reflect on what has changed in YOU.
Now we look to the liturgical season of LENT, a period of time – 40 days designed for our growth in holiness and becoming the best we are called to be. We enter a period of renewal and ongoing formation. How are we right now? How would we like to be on Easter Sunday?
With technology we can receive daily input from various groups, Google “Catholic Lent 2021” or similar prompts to search what is available. Try Creighton University, Loyola, Ignatian Spirituality, etc. Share with others what you find!
It is good to plan ahead, to intentionally journal, using simple questions:
- What is God calling me to do and be at this time in my life? What am I holding back?
- What areas of self-denial would be formative for me and make me a better person?
- How can I reach out to others in self-less sacrifice to make a difference for others?
- What in my life needs me to take a good, honest look at to see how it lines up with Gospel living?
- What is your daily routine of prayer (that is personal and relational) like?
SCRIPTURE Return to me with all your heart, with fasting, weeping and mourning.
Repent and believe in the Gospel (Mk. 1.15)
Remember that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return. (Gen. 3.19)
2Cor. 5.20 We implore you to be reconciled to God. Working together we appeal you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For he says: In an acceptable time I heard you, and on the day of salvation I helped you. Behold, now is a very acceptable time; behold now is the day of salvation.
Ps. 51 (in part)
A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me. Cast me not out from your presence, and your Holy Spirit take not from me.
Give me back the joy of your salvation, and a willing spirit sustain in me.
O Lord, open my lips and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.