The First Sunday Of Lent
February 29 – March 1, 2020
The Season of Lent
It is that time of year again. That time when, as Catholics, we ask the question, “What are we going to do this Lent?” When I was young, I dreaded these forty days, for I could only see the things I had to give up. Over the years, the season has grown on me, to the point that I now look forward to it.
Lent is a shortened form of the Old English word “lencten,” meaning “spring season.” In retrospect, the title is most appropriate. As nature renews itself, we are called to do the same. For six weeks we examine our relationship with God and each other.
For a successful Lent we must first be honest with ourselves. As if looking into a mirror we must view our lives, with all its imperfections. Recognition of our faults is not enough; we must commit to change. Through fasting, prayer and alms giving we begin to transform ourselves into true followers of Christ. Our faith community at St. Francis offers its members a variety of opportunities in these areas. (See the Bulletin for complete details.)
We must also be prepared to be tempted and to fail. However, we have a God of second chances. A forgiving God, who lifts us up and tells us to try again. And try again we must to become a true follower of Christ.
If Lent teaches us anything, it teaches us that the struggle is worth it. For after Lent comes the gift of the Eucharist (Holy Thursday), the sacrifice of the Lord for the redemption of our sin (Good Friday) and, at last, the fulfilled promise of everlasting life in the Resurrection (Easter).
But first must come Lent. Ready or not.
Patrick J. Perkins