“Rejoicing in this annual celebration of our Lenten observance, we pray, O Lord, that, with our hearts set on the Paschal Mysteries, we may be gladdened by their full effects. Through the Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.”
The point of Lent is to place ourselves in daily suffering, in growing surrender to the death in our life, in order to remind ourselves of the Passion of our Lord. The parable of the pharisee and the tax collector teaches us that the one who is proud of his spiritual accomplishments goes home without receiving grace, while the one who is humble before the Lord receives an abundance. Through our Lenten practices, we humble ourselves, placing ourselves with Jesus in His suffering to join with His glorious resurrection on Easter.
Only God can keep us from daily sin, He is the one mighty to save us. Jesus’ sacrifice takes our pride, lust, materialism, and anger and turns it all into contentment and love. He makes us new creations. He makes us Holy. We need Him like oxygen in water, and He should all we live for.
The Messiah who sets the captives free and brings grace to the humble wants a relationship with you because He loves you. Meditate on the Holiness of Christ and the selfless sacrifice of His suffering for you. You should find yourself made glad as you're overwhelmed in the mystery.
Prayer points // Thank the Lord for making you a new creation, taking what was destined for destruction and making it beautiful and holy. Ask for Him to refine you so that you can reflect His holiness.
Scripture Mediation // Luke 18:9-14; Philippians 2:1-18; Psalm 92:4