Lent is officially underway! This is a beautiful season of fasting, increased prayer, and giving to others. Lent is a time for us to turn to Jesus more than we ever have before. On Ash Wednesday, we were called to “repent and believe in the Gospel.” Lent is a time to turn away from sin, and to seek Jesus more fully. How can we seek Jesus? Often times, we’ll give something up that we enjoy, such as sweets, junk food, our favorite TV show, etc. This shows Jesus that we love Him more than the earthly things we enjoy! When fasting from these things becomes difficult, it is critical that we pray for strength. Jesus will help us with the struggles we face throughout the Lenten season.
Increased personal prayer is a major way that we can seek Jesus during Lent. This could be spending 15 minutes praying each day, doing a weekly holy hour in our Eucharistic Adoration chapel, or praying the daily rosary. Prayer is a great way for us to allow Jesus to show us his love and mercy for us. Giving to others is another great way for us to serve all of God’s children, especially those who may be struggling. It is important for us to make a plan for the rest of the Lenten season.
Small groups at Queen of All Saints and St. Mary Immaculate Conception have begun to seek Jesus more fully through their relationships with each other and through the faith topics that they are talking about during this Lenten season. It is important for each of us to examine how we can encounter Jesus. It is also important for us to remember that Jesus works through our friends and family. A Christian community is very helpful in our faith journey! How can we get our friends and family involved in our Lenten plan? How do we encounter Jesus through our friends and family? Do we have a group of people in our lives that can help us grow in faith? These are all important things to pray about over this beautiful season of Lent!
Check out Bishop Hying’s video about evangelizing to family! This may be helpful when we are reaching out to our family or friends during Lent.