Lent is nearly upon us! I know what you’re thinking because I used to think the same way. “Ugh, Lent is so dreary and now I have to give something up that I like. Boo.”
Maybe we forget that Lent is not about moping around. Lent is not just about making sure that we make our obligatory thanks and sacrifice to Jesus for what He did for us. Lent is our reminder of how truly, deeply, passionately, and eternally we are loved. Let’s take a look.
Do you remember a time when someone did something really nice for you? It could have been your mom, sibling, friend, anyone. Maybe you appreciated it even more because you felt as if you didn’t deserve what they did for you. Made you feel really good, didn’t it? And now when you think about what the person did for you it makes you smile. It inspires you to be a little kinder to someone in turn. You are grateful to have that person in your life! So what does this have to do with Lent? Well, it’s the same with Jesus. No one will ever make the most perfect sacrifice for you in your entire life. And guess what? He would do it all over again even if you were the only person on the planet. Now we come to my second point. I said that when you think of that nice thing someone did for you, it lights you up. Receiving that unconditional love made you feel really, really good. So I wonder why some people, including myself, seem to neglect that joy that we should feel when we think of Jesus’ sacrifice. Of course, we need to be respectfully solemn about something so serious as our Lord’s passion and death. Ignoring that aspect, ignoring the Cross, is a terribly wrong thing to do. However, we need to join the sad part of Lent to our joyful gratefulness for what Jesus did for us. To say “us” though, isn’t really proper. As the ultimate Common Good of the Universe, Jesus made his sacrifice for everyone and each one. In other words, for you. Looking at the Cross shouldn’t fill us with sadness. It should be a reminder of Jesus’ unfathomable love! And yes, even though you may be thinking “I barely talk with Jesus,” or “I haven’t been to Church in forever. I don’t count,” I’m going to politely ask you to shut up. Because you count more than you could ever know and Jesus is insanely, insanely in love with you. Lent is the perfect opportunity to rekindle or even begin your relationship with God. And if you’re feeling unworthy or wondering if you’re doing the right thing, look at the Cross. Our Lord’s burden is the ultimate reminder of His love. So take up your personal cross and follow Jesus on his road to Calvary. As you follow him through him the darkness, He will lead you to the light of Easter. And be joyful! Lent is for us. Lent if for you.
God bless and have a wonderful Lent,