Many Christians received ashes on their foreheads on Wednesday as we began the 40 days of Lent. Each year we have asked the question to those coming forward to receive ashes, “Will you turn away from sin, and be faithful to the Gospel?” This question requires a response. In saying “yes” or even “I will try”, it means that we will address those areas of our lives that need a change in direction or attitude. A turning away from selfish ways.
Registered Parishioners received their Lenten mailing that contains a schedule that includes many opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. During Lent, those same resources are in the Narthex, so entering or leaving the church anyone can pick up these resources: this includes our almsgiving table with ways to help your neighbor in need, as Jesus invites us to do at this time.
I invite everyone to consider going to this sacrament early in Lent. It shows our willingness to work on things during this season and it carries us through Easter. We know with many things in life, we wait until the last minute. With Reconciliation one may think they are not clean or pure with God at the last minute for Easter. The real idea is having worked on things during Lent so that prepares us to enter into the Easter season. That is powerful witnessing to the mercy of God.
Lent is a journey, not an endurance of giving up things. It is in our prayer, penance and almsgiving that we find joy in living the life of Christ.
Peace in Christ,