We need to encounter Christ as brother and friend. Relationships deepen when people spend time together, getting to know one another, understanding what matters to the other.
Lent is a time to do just that – to spend time with the Lord.
We can meet Christ in the scriptures. We can meet Christ in the Eucharist. We can meet Christ through spiritual reading, especially the lives of the saints who are the friends of Christ. They knew Him well.
Lent invites us to slow down and take the time necessary to engage Christ.
For me, that only happens when I fix in my schedule time for Christ: time to read the scriptures; time to spend in the presence of the Eucharistic Lord; time to do spiritual reading.
Unscheduled, that time never seems to happen. Fix some time in your schedule these six weeks for getting to know the Lord, our Light.
Having met Christ in a deeper way, we strive to live as He lived. We seek to be light for others, especially those who live in darkness.
Lent becomes an occasion to reach out to those who suffer, struggle, are confused, discouraged. Many persons today, even those in our family, live surrounded by darkness.
They lack hope.
Let Lent be an occasion to bring the hope that comes from knowing Christ to those who lack hope. In the old days, when streets were lit by kerosene lamps, someone was responsible to protect the fragile ember within a lantern from which the lamps of the city were lit.
We bear the responsibility to bring the fragile light of Christ to those who need Christ desperately.
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For many people, life holds much darkness. They live with disappointment, failed dreams, debilitating illness, failures and sins that rob them of their dignity. They need the light of Christ. That light happens through us, through our deeds and actions.
Look for occasions this Lent to bring hope and light to others. Those occasions are numerous, but sometimes so subtle that you can miss them.
These six weeks will pass quickly. Seek His Light. Be in His Light.