Lent offers us the opportunity to simplify our lives by stripping away those things that block, delay, or distract us from our journey towards the Lord.
But why do we fill up our lives with activities and things, though new, interesting, and beautiful, if they divide our attention, and we barely spend time enjoying them before looking for something else that is pleasing? Do we truly want or need something, or both?
It’s challenging to believe, but God provides all that we really need. This Sunday, we remember God’s great apostle to Ireland. Though Saint Patrick faced many challenges throughout his life, God always gave him what he needed in his years of service. Forced into slavery as a herdsman, Saint Patrick grew in faith, spreading the Good News and ministering to the Irish people, whether they were Christians or not.
The psalmist tells us, “I believe that I shall see the bounty of the Lord in the land of the living” (Psalm 27:13). Saint Paul encourages us to stand firm, allowing God to help us resemble him more, while directing our minds away from worldly things (Philippians 3:19-4:1).
We can try to create a quiet space in our busy lives to listen to Jesus in Scripture, in our prayers and reflections, and invite him into our hearts. We can think more about sharing with others, both during and after Lent, in prayer and action. We can welcome the spiritual promptings we feel, and draw strength from our inner gifts.
Let our goodness and our bounty become as fruitful, flowing, and continuous to others, just as the Lord promised Abraham his descendants would be as numerous as the stars (Genesis 15:5). We journey towards the light of Jesus’ resurrection, hoping to stay focused on the bare necessities of life, and anticipate rejoicing with our ever-risen Lord on Easter.
--Jim Wollak, Parishioner
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