We have entered the season of Lent. One of the most important season for any Christian. But truly what is the time of Lent? On Ash Wednesday, at the early 7.45am mass, I was struck by Father George Bwanali's homily. He has kindly shared his notes with us and this is what he had to share.
"Brothers and sisters, since early days followers of Christ have observed with great devotion the time of our Lord’s passion and resurrection and prepared for this by a season of penitence and fasting. By carefully keeping these days, Christians take to heart the call to repentance and the assurance of forgiveness proclaimed in the gospel, and so grow in faith and in devotion to our Lord. I invite you, therefore, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy word.
Ash Wednesday is one of the most profound days in the church’s year. It is a day when we are called together as a community to recognize our frailty and dependence on God and upon each other, and to search our hearts and minds for all that separates us from God and from each other.
Lent is about:
Getting lives on earth in order, in preparation for what comes next.
Taking a good hard look at how we are living our lives.
Where we need to make changes and changes that begin in our heart and that heart is focused on Christ.
Lent is about change.
The next 40 days we will focus our eyes, hearts and minds on the cross and what journey Jesus took to the Cross on our behalf really meant to us. It is our time for Spiritual renewal and of getting rid of the bad behaviors that are holding us back and keeping us from living lives that are pleasing to God. This is also the time for our own spiritual journey with Jesus to the Cross, a journey we will act out through our life in the church activities-prayer-fasting-receiving communion-hymns and reading Holy Scripture and other spiritual books.
This Lent seek:
To be reconciled to God and to one another.
Spend some time with the Lord and do serious reflection on your life
Search for things that burden you and get rid of them.
Ashes that will be placed on our foreheads are a reminder that we are all sinners. However, we have a powerful example in the person of Christ. Look to Him and Him alone and He will show us the way to eternal life.
Lent begins in our hearts, Hearts ready to be transformed by the power of the Cross."
A powerful message for this Lent.