Reflection for Feb. 26, 2012

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Cholewinski_Elise_Sr_2012-100pxby 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:

  • Do I pay more attention to my physical needs than my spiritual needs?
  • Do I offer people hope for a future beyond this world as much or more than I strive to see that their temporal needs are met?
  • Do I look for various forms of entertainment when I come to worship God?
  • Do I think that the Church must offer some kind of spectacular event in order to attract new members?
  • Do I seek prayer experiences that give me an emotional "high"?
  • Do I readily compromise my beliefs or religious practices in order to fit in with the culture?
  • Do I have false gods that I regularly "worship"?

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?

5 Comment(s)

  • Sr. Sally Ann: Friday, February 24, 2012

    I apprediate your challenging reflection - why do I do what I do? Making sure that my every effort is directed toward proclaiming God's reign - in my heart as well as in the world - that is our Community's mission!

  • Peter Schumacher: Friday, February 24, 2012

    I enjoy the weekly reflections sent to me by the Sisters of St Francis. Thank you Sister Elise for your thought-provoking reflection this week.

  • Sr. Rose Jochmann: Friday, February 24, 2012

    Thanks, Elise. These are really good questions as we begin Lent.

  • Sr.Fran: Friday, February 24, 2012

    Thanks, Elise, for your reflection. It's always about refining the motives for what we do, isn't it? It's so easy to do the right thing for the wrong reason. Your inventory questions were very appropriate.

  • Bert: Sunday, February 26, 2012

    Thank you Sister Elise. I need and appreciate these soul searching questions as Lent begins. They can be a great challenge.