Many people look at Lent as a season of punishment, denial, etc. (add your own negative words as a description). I say that Lent offers me an opportunity to grow closer to Jesus. I find that to be a very good thing! When I embrace Lent for all that it has to offer, I achieve the following:
- A new perspective on what I need to do to walk the journey Christ asks me to walk.
- The advantage of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, where I receive a clean soul, united to Christ.
- More time spent with Jesus, one-on-one, through visits to the Blessed Sacrament. It is here that He works on my soul, in the hospital of sinners.
- Increased insight to Christ’s salvific actions, performed for my benefit, by attending the Stations of the Cross.
- A greater awareness of the need for Christ’s unwavering love, forgiveness and mercy.
In what ways might you embrace Lent and glean the benefits of God’s Grace? How might you make this season a positive experience, removing all negative connotations of Lent’s purpose? Here’s a few suggestions for you to consider:
- Read the Passion of Christ (Matthew, Chapters 26 and 27). Reflect on what you read as if this story was written, for you alone, and no one else. How does that impact you?
- Take one Friday evening during Lent and attend the Stations of the Cross at your local parish. Reflect on Christ’s love for you, thinking about the price He paid, just for you.
- Sit before the Blessed Sacrament for one hour during Lent. Let God look at you. Sit quietly, and let His love wash over you.
If you were to do these three easy things during this Lenten season, then you will effectively embrace Lent and grow closer to Jesus in the process. I wish you all a blessed Lenten season.
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