On the first Sunday of Lent we look ahead to a season that promises growth in the Spirit and great joy. It is a season of work, which calls us to struggle against inertia and make the changes which will let us live Easter Joy. The ashes we receive to begin this process are the grist for the mill of heightened prayer and meditation on the message of Christ.
Our Lord reminds us, in word and deed, that the center of our lives must be prayer–regular, planned, and practiced prayer. We must make the time to go apart, as Jesus showed us, to pray and be in the presence of the Holy Trinity.
We must go to the inner room of our heart and there place before the loving Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the offering of our very self.
Take the time each day to offer a Rosary. Say the Sorrowful Mysteries each day. Meditate on what our dear Lord was willing to undergo for us–for you!
1. The Agony in the Garden, as Jesus experiences rejection, and awaits betrayal and arrest.
2. The Scourging at the Pillar, where Jesus is mocked and cruelly whipped.
3. The Crowning with Thorns. The mockery increases, and a cruel crown of thorns is forced on to His head. The gentle king is ridiculed for His love.
4. The Carrying of the Cross. Bruised, whipped, and beaten, he is pushed to the limits by being made carry the burden of his instrument of torture. He bears it knowing that he bears our sins.
5. The Crucifixion. He is nailed to the Cross and raised up while being taunted and jeered at.
Pray, pray, pray. Let us join in the spiritual combat together. I will be praying with and for you: please do the same for me.