Today is the last Sunday in “Ordinary Time” until June! Starting on Wednesday we are marked with ashes and the cross and enter the journey through penance and struggle to Easter joy – and even further to the gifts of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the revelation of the Mystery of the Holy Trinity, and our shared life in the Trinity through the Blessed Eucharist. That’s a lot of blessing and mystery to absorb in four months.
We need to prepare ourselves. Now is the appropriate time. Take time to pray this afternoon – a Rosary, meditating on the Glorious mysteries, so we perceive what we are preparing for, is an excellent means to attain the clarity of mind we’ll need. In a spirit of love and union with our Father, ask what you can sacrifice so that you will be more attuned to the things that matter – the life of eternity, of God.
When we sacrifice/“give up” for Lent, we give ourselves a constant and regular reminder of our need of conversion, of reattuning ourselves to God’s ways. Give up something. Giving up a favorite food, or sweets, or sugar/milk in our daily coffee, is an excellent way to remind ourselves that we are made for something greater than this world, and we need to be reminded.
Combine sacrifice with regular daily prayer, and with almsgiving, and you will find yourself on your pilgrim way to heightened understanding of the Faith and Our Father’s plan for you.
Know I will be joining you on that way, in prayer and fasting and almsgiving. Let us support each other in sacrifice this Lent, so as to be able to greet each other renewed in Easter Joy.