Lent came about through the amalgamation of three fasts; an ancient paschal fast, people preparing for baptism at Easter and those who had already been baptised but had fallen away from the practice of their faith and were starting once again to live their faith.
So Lent is a period of preparation for the great events of Holy Week at Easter when God in Jesus enters our world for our benefit. Whether we know it personally or not God’s action for us changes everything.
Life can be so tremendously complicated at times whether in our relationships, family life, study, career or even our own sense of usefulness or purpose.
Prayer allows us to come into contact with God in such a manner that we lift above the actual circumstances of our lives into the aspect of God’s love that understands our dilemmas and provides a peace at our core even though we might be in the midst of the storms of life.
Prayer and Lent are inseparable. I used to think it was just good enough to give something up for Lent but that falls far short from what it is all about. It misses the essential aspect of preparation for the coming of Jesus at Easter through Lent which will only happen when what we do for lent or give up for lent is accompanied by prayer.
ACTION: Take a moment to either write in your journal or reflect on how you will pray through this Lent. Will it be through prayer books, the rosary or the Divine Office that priests and religious say? Will those prayers be personal from you or someone else? Can I encourage you to put yourself in your prayers today?
GOSPEL READING: Luke 9:22-25