Lent: A Season of Hope

Not an easy journey, but one well worth the effort.
by Christina Weigand | Source: Catholic.net
As children we would spend the whole year anticipating Christmas and all that came with it. By comparison, Easter was a rather dull holiday after the long boring season of Lent. When we got older, we began to realize the connection between the two holidays and the importance of Lent and the Easter season. Of course, without Christmas and its promise and hope of things to come there would be no Easter.

Easter is in fact the most important feast in the liturgical calendar. Likewise, in my faith journey, Easter has become the most meaningful of all celebrations. Through Christ’s passion, death and resurrection, Jesus delivers the promise and fulfills the hope. The over-commercialization of Christmas has taken away much of its significance to many people who go with the flow and make it all about presents. The authenticity of Lent however is thankfully still preserved.

From Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday we are able to joyfully witness our Catholic Faith while meditating on the value of suffering and detachment from earthly things. The focus of the whole season is spiritual growth, which is something to really look forward to – pardon me Santa. Lent helps in our preparation to live in the hope and receive the promise.

The Season for Reconciliation and Renewal

Lent offers us an opportunity to reconcile ourselves with Christ and celebrate the glory of God. We should approach the Lenten season with faith and contrition, and also with an equal ration of joy and celebration.

The resurrection of Christ is a wonderful and glorious thing that God has given us as a gift. Jesus with his sacrifice has paid the ransom for our souls. During Lent, we are traveling on a journey of spiritual renewal.

It is not an easy journey, but one well worth the effort. For when we reach our final destination, it will be a new life with Christ. Our hearts need to be open to God’s message.

Renew Your Commitment to Christ

God sent his Son into the world to die for us so that we could be saved from Satan. Jesus is the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. Now, it is up to us to give up our sins so that Jesus may triumph in our lives.

Jesus is waiting for us to ask, to invite him into our lives. Lent offers the perfect opportunity to extend that invitation. Do it today, make this year’s Lent the one that changes your life.

Grow in your personal relationship with Our Lord by making time for him through daily prayer, and Holy Mass. Be diligent in receiving the Sacraments, and ever more so to do works of Charity.

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