02/11/2018 - LET'S ALLOW THE PRESENCE OF JESUS TO FILL OUR LIVES WITH HIS LIGHT AND LOVE!
“LET’S ALLOW THE PRESENCE OF JESUS TO FILL OUR LIVES WITH HIS LIGHT AND LOVE!”
In a few days, we will officially begin our Lenten Journey with the solemn imposition of ashes. The gesture of receiving ashes is a somber reminder of our mortality: just like Jesus, we too will come to that moment when we enter the hour of our own death. At the same time, the reception of ashes is a bold proclamation of the Gospel: that our Lord loves us so much that He died and rose from the grave so that we might live forever in our Father’s loving embrace.
During this holy season of Lent, Mother Church, God’s Word and our celebration of the Eucharist invite us to constantly turn to Jesus and draw near to Him. This turning to Jesus also involves a turning of our backs to those aspects of our life that do not reflect the Good News. The invitation that Mother Church extends to us is to review and recommit ourselves TO JESUS through PRAYER, FASTING AND ALMSGIVING, helps us in our daily conversion to JESUS! The goal of our faithful commitment to these three areas of our lives is that we become more loving as JESUS is loving.
Jesus loves to hear our voice! How can we go a day without talking to Him and sharing our lives with Him? We have seen together that our commitment to prayer cannot rely solely on how we are feeling. It befits sons and daughters of a Good and Loving Father to make the commitment to spend specific times in prayer throughout each and every day. During this season of Lent, I encourage you to both commit and be faithful to your prayer times; to faithfully pray our 6PM PRAYER every day; to spend 15 minutes a day praying with God’s Holy Word. Lent is also a great time to discover how awesome it is to spend an hour with JESUS in our adoration chapel!
Jesus offers us an insight to help us commit to fasting during Lent. Our Father sees all those sacrifices of love we make to grow closer to His Son. To say “no” to ourselves when it comes to food, internet, gaming, social media and television, just to name a few, becomes a “yes” to Jesus and His love for us. Fasting from food, just as fasting in the other areas of our lives, is meant to open us up to be more loving and generous with those who are poor and needy.
One of the amazing things about our Lord is that what He asks of us is possible for all of us! We, by His Grace, can all strive to be more generous and giving during this season of Lent. We can spend more time with our children and families, we can be more present to our aging relatives, we can be more helpful around the house, and we can give our time and talent back to our parish family by becoming involved in the life of the parish. Lent is also a great time of year to prayerfully discern our Sunday offering to the Lord. Giving back to the Lord from our treasure is a profound way of acknowledging that He is the source of all the blessings and goodness in our lives. It is the constant experience, of those who give back to the Lord, that they encounter His blessings and providential care in a more personal and intimate way.
As Deacon Charlie showed us when he was speaking about Baptism and Confirmation, we all have the ability to turn to Jesus and make the commitment to change our lives for the better! May our commitment to PRAYER, FASTING, AND ALMSGIVING allow the PRESENCE OF JESUS to fill our lives to overflowing with His light and love!
May the grace and peace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ be with you today. Let us remember to pray for one another.