The 40 days of Lent invites us to “Return to the Lord your God.” We the people of God instinctively recognize that Lent is a very special, grace-filled and challenging time of the year. During this sacred season we place much emphasis on our personal renewal.
Jesus gave us sacrament of reconciliation in which we reconcile with God and the people of God. Lent is a favored time for restoring this sacrament for our spiritual enrichment.
“Look in to My heart and see there the love and mercy which
I have for humankind, and especially for sinners.
Look and enter into My passion.”
(Jesus said to St. Faustina, 1663)
Let us accept this invitation and enter in to the heart of Jesus and immerse in His mercy. Pope Francis reminded us in this Extraordinary Jubilee year of Mercy – to be reborn.
“The season of Lent in this Jubilee year be lived more intensely
as a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God’s mercy.
I sought to stress the primacy of prayerful listening to God’s word,
especially His prophetic word. The mercy of God is a proclamation
made to the world, a proclamation which each Christian is called
to experience at first hand.” Pope Francis.
God’s light will break upon us; we will be called repairers of broken walls, and welcomed at God’s banquet table. So let us live this Lent as a ‘Eucharistic’ time in which, welcoming the love of Jesus, and we learn to spread it around us in words and deeds. Let us take the message of Prophet Joel and return to the Lord with whole heartedly during this Lent.
“Now return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in loving kindness and relenting of evil. (Joel 12:13)