“Grant that your faithful, O Lord, we pray, may be so conformed to the paschal (Easter season) observance, that the bodily discipline now solemnly begun may bear fruit in the souls of all. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.”
Reconciled to God, our ministry is to pay it forward. When Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount, he implored his listeners to be reconciled to one another. He asked them to be kind to one another by not calling each other names. He also said reconciliation with one’s brother was more important than the all-important religious practices of the temple. If we are to be molded into images of Christ on earth, we have to learn to practice reconciliation.
Jesus made a point during the sermon to show how important our relationships are. We are unable to truly experience the love of the Savior if we can’t love our brother. During our reflections, we have to constantly be reminded of our need to show this love we’ve received to all we encounter. Our experience of the renewing love of God allows us to share it with others as led by the prodding of the Holy Spirit.
Lent is a worthless exercise if we come out on the other end the same as when we started. We must be changed. We are celebrating the mystery of our death to self and our life in Christ, but we must be learning to love.
Prayer points // Pray God shows you someone you are failing to love. Pray God’s grace overwhelms you to the point you have to talk about it.
Scripture Mediation // Matthew 5:21-26; Psalm 136