Thursday, February 16, 2012
by Sister Elise Cholewinski
The season of Lent has begun. On this first Sunday of Lent
we hear about Jesus being led into the desert for forty days.
Did Jesus spend time there doing penance in order to develop
greater self-disciplilne, or did He stay there for another
reason? His time in the desert preceded His entry into public
ministry so we might assume that this was rather a time of
preparation for what He would experience in the future.
As we begin this holy season, we might ask ourselves why we do the special things we do during Lent. Are we simply trying to develop self-discipline, or are we refining the choices we make on a daily basis in order to more appropriately proclaim the Kingdom of God? Perhaps we could take a little inventory of those choices:
Why do we do what we do during Lent? In the end, isn't it always, first and foremost, about preparing for the proclamation of the Kingdom of God? Isn't it always about developing authenticity?
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