Lent is a period of life change if you want it to be.
It is taking control of our lives and becoming the people we want to become and not the people we accidentally become through the pressure of circumstances or because we just have no plan at all.
It is the time to take stock of our spiritual life and turn to God. Our daily living and the practical decisions and activities of our lives affect us spiritually so therefore it is vital to take stock of your actions and life course as part of our Lenten journey over the next 40 days.
Lent is that period of possibilities. As we decrease ask God to increase in you. It is this listening and talking to God that is prayer. Prayer is the chief means of communicating with God as we reflect upon the coming of Jesus into the world for us at Easter so that no barrier can prevent us being in deep relationship with God.
ACTION: On this Ash Wednesday reflect and then write in long or brief form a very honest assessment of where you are today at the beginning of Lent. You will come back to this on numerous occasions over the next 40 days. Are you the man or woman you want to be? Are you where you thought you would be at this stage of your life? As you do this imagine you are talking with God who keeps your secrets all to Himself and who accepts you exactly as you are. It would mean that you could be completely truthful. You could even write this as a letter to God.
The Catechism tells us that in the Scriptures God comes and speaks to us. The Gospel reading for each day is included for you.
Click here for today’s Gospel Reading: Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18