On Ash Wednesday, we start the liturgical time of Lent. Time to give thanks to God for the mystery of His love crucified, authentic faith, conversion, and opening of the heart to our brothers and sisters—these are the important elements to live during Lent. These forty days that will take us to the Paschal Triduum, memory of the Passion, death, and resurrection of our Lord, the center of the mystery of our salvation. I always see this time of Lent as the time for a change in our hearts, to think how can we get better as a person, husband, wife, sister, brother, etc., and to see the necessities of our brothers and sisters, showing them love and compassion.
Like Pope Francis said, “Lent is the perfect time to come home. Lent is the time for allowing one’s heart to be touched. Return without fear to those outstretched, eager arms of your Father, who is rich in mercy, who awaits you. This is the time to come home.”
Lent is also a good time for the creative power of silence in order to leave behind the unrest and commotion that fills the soul with bitter feelings which never get us anywhere. Let’s pause from this compulsion to a fast-pace life that scatters, divides and ultimately destroys time with family, with friends, with children, with grandparents, and most importantly with God.
Sometimes we give arrogant looks and fleeting comments with a lack of tenderness, compassion, and reverence for the encounter with others, particularly those who are vulnerable, hurt, and even immersed in sin and error. Instead, let’s contemplate those actions that promote faith, hope, and charity, and look upon the faces of the vulnerable in need. See and contemplate the real face of Christ crucified out of love for everyone without exception. To see His face is an invitation filled with hope for this lent in order to defeat the demons of distrust, indifference, and resignation.
Lent—40 days to grow in the love of God and our neighbor!
~ Josefina Gantt, K-6 Coordinator