First Week of Lent

13 Mar 2019

First week of Lent 2019

We are now well into the season of Lent which will take us up to Holy Week, the final week of Jesus before He goes to the Cross on Good Friday.

How’s your Lent going? Perhaps things are going well for you, you are managing to keep to all those promises you made at or after the Ash Wednesday Masses last week.  You are doing well with all your praying, fasting and charitable giving.  Or, if we are totally honest, things are not as easy as we hoped.  We are missing those things we have tried to give up.  Prayer is hard work and we may not feel that we are really doing very much to help those in need. We may have abandoned our resolutions altogether.  Don’t worry and do not lose heart!

We are invited to meet with the Lord in the desert place.  Jesus spent 40 days and nights alone in the desert to prepare Him for the three years of ministry which would culminate in His Crucifixion and Resurrection. In the Book of the Prophet Hosea, the Lord says this about His people in latter days; “I am going to lure her (His people, the People of Israel and us, His adopted sons and daughters in Christ) and lead her out into the wilderness and speak to her heart.” Hosea 2:16

Our time spent in keeping a holy Lent should refresh us, strengthen us and keep our relationship with Jesus alive.

If we haven’t read our Bible recently, or prayed the Rosary which is the special prayer of Our Lady then, Lent is the time to do so.

If we have forgotten to say our morning or evening prayers or just to thank our good God for all He has done for us, remembering to thank Him for daily food and meeting all our needs then this can all be renewed in our lives this Lent.

Lent is also a time to reach out to those less fortunate than ourselves and buy some food to go to a local food bank or homeless shelter.  Perhaps we need to clear out our wardrobes and give some good quality clothes we no longer wear or have never worn and donate these clothes so that a refugee or a homeless person with no clothes or a person with limited money can wear something nice if they go to a Charity shop and buy your donated item.

When was the last time we went to Confession?  Lent provides us with a great opportunity to celebrate this healing Sacrament. The Lord in His love waits for us there with open arms.  What about Adoration of the Eucharist? When was the last time we went to Adoration and worshipped our Great God in His Divine Majesty and Humility in the Blessed Sacrament exposed on the Altar?  As Catholic Christians, we believe that Jesus Christ is truly present with His Body Blood Soul and Divinity in the Monstrance under the appearance of humble bread.  What about attending another Mass during the week? Have we prayed the Stations of the Cross?  Lent is the time we can renew or begin these devotions.

Father,

your Son Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days and nights.

We pray that we too may be led by your Holy Spirit

to use these coming days of Lent wisely and well.

Help us to draw closer to you and serve our brothers and sisters

through our fasting, praying and giving.

We ask this in His name.  Amen.