2 Corinthians 5:20—6:2
Brothers and sisters:
We are ambassadors for Christ,
as if God were appealing through us.
We implore you on behalf of Christ,
be reconciled to God.
For our sake he made him to be sin who did not know sin,
so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.
Working together, then,
we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain.
For he says:
In an acceptable time I heard you,
and on the day of salvation I helped you.
Behold, now is a very acceptable time;
behold, now is the day of salvation.
As you know, today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the wonderful season of Lent – a time of spiritual renewal. In today’s letter from St. Paul to the Corinthians, he encourages them to “be reconciled to God”. The Church celebrates Lent every year to give us an opportunity to reflect on our lives and to be reconciled to God. “Now is a very acceptable time,” says St. Paul. Now is the time to change our lives. Now is the time to turn away from sin and return to God.
We walk the journey of these days of Lent in prayer, fasting and almsgiving so that we can grow in holiness, to grow in the likeness of Jesus Christ. Lent culminates with the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. In His passion, Jesus took the weight of our sin upon His shoulders. Our God became one of us to save us from our own sinfulness. This should call for a response on our behalf.
But do we take time to reflect on this amazing mystery?
Or do we stay so busy that we never contemplate God’s love for us?
So this time of Lent is a gift from God to each one of us. It is a time to reflect on the amazing love that God has for us. He loves us so much that He sent His only Son Jesus to die on the cross for us. We can try to deny this love by staying busy and focusing on other things. However, the Church gives us the gift of Lent to take time out, to turn towards God and to change our lives.
Now is the acceptable time.
Now is the time for salvation.
Take advantage of this beautiful season of Lent by:
1) Spending at least 10-15 minutes each day in silent prayer.
2) Reading Scripture (daily readings)
3) Read a good Catholic book (5 pages each day)
4) Fasting from something while calling to mind Jesus’ love
5) Being generous with your time, talent and treasure
Have a blessed Lent,