Reflection on Lent
Lent is a perfect time to do some soul-searching and practice the 3 pillars of the season, namely, prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. We “die to ourselves” more profoundly by giving up good food and pleasurable activities such as TV, movies, or social media. We fast from negative behavior like complaining and criticizing. Instead, we try to be kind and helpful to others, giving them affirmation and appreciating their good works. We repent of our sins, go to Confession, and resolve not to sin again. We reconcile and forgive those who hurt us. We spend more time with the Lord in prayer, reflecting through spiritual books and going to retreats. It is also a time for generously sharing our blessings to the needy, giving “until it hurts”.
This Holy Week we reflect on the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Christ- His victory over sin and death – our own forgiveness and salvation. By Christ’s Resurrection, He won for us the promise of eternal life. As pilgrims on a journey, we too have our own” passion and death” in our everyday challenges. But we are hopeful because there is always a “resurrection” by God’s healing grace and mercy.
Easter is a joyful celebration, for Jesus is alive! Let us live as “Easter People” – reflecting Jesus in our daily life, having faith in the midst of adversity, accepting suffering as a way of revealing God’s love to others, sharing our gifts with others, and most especially, loving one another, for
“this is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”John 13:35.
As St. John Paul II said:
“We are Easter people and Alleluia is our song. We are not looking for a shallow joy but rather a joy that comes from faith, that grows through unselfish love, respects the fundamental duty of love of neighbor, without which it would be unbecoming to speak of joy.”St John Paul