In the Gospel today Jesus talks about the importance of remaining faithful. He says that the sinners strive for righteousness. If someone feels they are making bad decisions, they have the free will to start making good decisions. Jesus is the ultimate sign for repentance and forgiveness.
Practices to Remain Faithful
When we make the sign of the cross, we truly believe in the 3 persons of God. The church provides so many different symbols of Lent to allow us to reflect on our lives and actions. We practice things like adoration or silent prayer during Lent to take a break from our busy lives and spend time asking for our lives to be filled with happiness. We give up things during Lent to make little sacrifices to replicate the ultimate sacrifice Jesus did. We have prayer services like Stations of the Cross to have a small glimpse of the life of Jesus before his death.
Salvation – The Result for Those who Remain Faithful
All these symbols remind us as Christians that we are very fortunate and blessed to have many gifts like free will and salvation. We remember the ones that have come before us and pray that they receive the gift of Heaven. While the time of Lent may seem dreary and at times sad, we remember the love and sacrifice Jesus gave for all of us so that we may live in peace.
Some may see challenges in being faithful. The time of Lent is an ideal time to find your way back to your faith. During the Easter Vigil, we welcome new members into the Church, why not be there to welcome them? I personally find myself being close to my faith when there are quiet times during the school day. I often think about the many blessings I have received and take the time to thank God for all these things.
Being Thankful as a way to Remain Faithful
I do this whether it is for my brothers around me or for the teachers that provide me with the great knowledge. Jesus provides great teaching on how to love others and respect the ones we may not be fond of. Some challenges I think people face when being faithful is the lack of commitment of themselves.
Many people may struggle with who they are. I know there was a period in my life where I was trying to find my calling and purpose. It is very difficult to love others if you aren’t loving yourself first. Lent can be a great period of time to find a stronger purpose in your life and to grow in your faith journey to spread the love that Jesus did for us.
Class of 2022
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