As we enter into the season of Lent, we are reminded on Ash Wednesday , that it is through the cross of loving self-sacrifice and self-giving that Jesus redeemed humanity. Without Jesus – self- sacrifice and self-giving doesn’t make sense . However, through his life and teachings, his death and resurrection, we can see how Jesus’ “way” of love, compassion and forgiveness does work and how it does makes the world a better place for everyone.
Jesus showed us the generosity of God in a profound way and invites us to follow him. The gospel readings in Matthew (chpt.5&6) remind us to be generous in all forms of giving – to the poor, to the needy and even to our enemies. This isn’t easy – but it is necessary. Without Jesus, generosity doesn’t make sense. But Jesus showed us how by loving one another with a generous heart, we can make the world a better place for everyone. Jesus reminds us “don’t just be generous just to those who can be generous back to you! “
The question we can ask ourselves is: Where are we a generous people? and: Where are we a mean people ? Lent is a time for reflection (looking back ) , confession ( admitting our sins ) and repentance (turning back to God’s ways) . Lent is a time for growth, transformation and preparation for the new life promised by Jesus.
You might like to prepare by closing your eyes, quieting your body and inhaling slowly through your nose and exhaling through your mouth. Try this a few times until you feel some rhythm.
Then continue with a short bible verse or phrase. As you inhale pray “Jesus Christ Saviour “and as you exhale pray “have mercy on me “.
Or as you inhale pray “Be still “and as you exhale pray “for the presence of the Lord”. Then read a daily reflection. You might like to conclude with this prayer.
“Redeeming God, Be with us as we begin our Lenten journey to resurrection life.
Open our hearts that we might truly listen to your call to deeper communion with you and all of our brothers and sisters.
Give us a fuller understanding of discipleship and service
That we may truly live the Gospel .We ask this through Christ our Lord . Amen”
God be with you through your Lenten Journey and may we anticipate resurrection life with joy and thanks-giving .