Reflection: Wk1 March 2018
This March we go through the last weeks of Lent culminating in Holy Week. It is by Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection that He triumphed over sin and death-which was our victory too- for He won for us our salvation and eternal life.
There are two areas which we can reflect on. Firstly – what is really the “spirit” of Lent? The Word of God says: “Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life”.
It is the time to be still, think, and ask ourselves: What vices and bad habits do I have to give up?
How do I stop complaining, criticizing, and have a negative attitude? Do I have excessive and extravagant desires for material things and pleasures? Have I been generous enough to my brothers and sisters – both in spiritual and temporal needs? What is the one thing I enjoy which I can give up as a form of fasting?
Secondly – what is the meaning of suffering? When Jesus was questioned by the Sandhedrin and when He was tortured, He was meek as a lamb, humble and obedient to the Father. All of us have crosses – some have big crosses and others small ones. If we bear these crosses patiently, and unite them with the suffering of Christ, we share in the salvific mission of Jesus. We also increase in the virtues of humility and obedience.
Let us pray more, reflect, repent, and prepare our hearts for the Passion and Death of our Lord.