LENT which comes from the Germanic word for springtime, can be viewed as a spiritual spring cleaning: a time for taking spiritual inventory and then cleaning out those things which hinder our corporate and personal relationships with Jesus Christ and our service to him.
What are you giving up for Lent?
I am sure that for many people, it will be a continuation of the New Year resolutions that were set a few weeks ago. A promise to ourselves to be slimmer by forgoing chocolate; a promise to ourselves to forgo alcohol to detox our bodies; a promise to ourselves to read more to boost our IQ – endless possibilities and all focussing on “self”.
Lent is a unique time when we fast (yes maybe food!) on letting go the issues that stop us listening to God. Lent is a time when we should spend time with God and so let’s remove some of the boundaries that hinder our listening. Its just six weeks…..we can manage that I’m sure. Here are some of the suggestions:-
- Let go of apathy and replace with commitment.
- Let go of indifference and replace with passion.
- Let go of selfishness and replace with compassion.
Pope Francis has given us a wonderful quote to help us with this Lenten task. “whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for God, no room for others and no room for the poor. God’s voice is no longer heard, the quiet joy of his love is no longer felt and the desire to do good fades”.
I leave you with those thoughts and the task ahead.