We continue our forty-day Lenten journey this month that will ultimately bring us to the cross and the celebration of Easter. During these forty days, Jesus invites us to join him for an intimate journey of love, which includes everything from prayer to reaching out to those in need of offering personal sacrifices.
Our journey with the Lord during Lenten Season may be filled with temptations, due to our own sinful thoughts and desires. Jesus understands—he, too, was tempted in the desert by the devil. But, like Jesus, we are led by the Spirit and the life-giving love of God. He will give us the strength and courage to resist the things that lead us away from God and to say yes to those things that bring us closer to the Lord.
“Let us be faithful to God’s invitation to fast, pray, and care for those who are in need.”
As followers of the Lord, we are called to die to ourselves so that Jesus can be raised up in us. This is especially true during the Lenten season. We must die to our selfish desires, our need to be in control, our tendencies to be harsh toward others. We die to ourselves as we practice the call to a life of repentance and conversion. This forty day journey is a precious time with Jesus to live as he would have us live, to pray as he would have us pray, to fast and give offerings as he would have us do. By dying to ourselves, we allow the light and love of Christ to shine through us.
As we come together to celebrate this Eucharist during the Holy season of Lent, let us follow the example of Jesus. Let us be faithful to God’s invitation to fast, pray, and care for those who are in need. We can trust that our reward will be found in the hope of the Resurrected Christ and the fulfillment of the Lord’s covenant with us. Our part of the covenant with God becomes a reality when she strive to follow in the ways of our savior, Jesus Christ. When we die to ourselves and rise with Christ, God’s great plan of salvation and His glory is revealed.
Be assured that I pray with you during this Lenten Season! I hope you will keep our Mercy Home community in your prayers as you remain in ours. May God bless you throughout this Holy season! Let this be our best Lenten Season yet.