Today begins forty days of penance. Lent is a powerful time to return to the Lord. No matter where we are in our spiritual life Our Lord has more to offer us. Whether it has been 50 years since we graced the doors of a church or we go to daily Mass - Jesus has something to offer you this Lent. We are never too far gone - St. Paul tells us that now is the day of salvation, the time to be reconciled to God. Similarly, we have not yet arrived at perfection until we enter our heavenly homeland.
Most of us will live our lives without ever making the whole-hearted decision to be a disciple of Jesus. It is just the reality of our times - almost everything in our life vies for the the top spot in our hearts. Money, power, pleasure, honor, fame, sports, television, social media (the list is endless) compete for our time, our attention, and our resources. These things give us a sense of security and a maybe a fleeting moment of pleasure, but do not satisfy the deepest longings in our heart - especially those for truth, goodness, love, and beauty.
This Lent focus on those practices and penances that will help you fall in love with God. Once that happens, our priorities in life change and we begin to walk the path of discipleship. The faith becomes more than a bunch of rules or something I do for an hour on Sunday morning. It becomes a way of life. Make the decision today to go all in with Jesus this Lent, and prepare to have your life changed!!
Daily Lenten reflections by Father Browning.