Don’t do just the minimum. Don’t slack. Don’t see what you can get by with. Don’t try to just “sneak into” heaven. Give your all.
What matters to God? Do our sins, even if we repent? Do our virtuous actions count even if we turn away? What really matters to God?
In the time of Lent, it is important to remember the significance of fasting. As Catholics we withdraw and fast during the time of Lent just as Jesus did for 40 days. When we fast during Lent we pay respects for the remarkable things Jesus did during the time of his withdrawal during his 40 days in the desert, and for his sacrifice on the Cross. It is important to be respectful and to partake in the fasting during Lent to show our respect to Jesus Christ.
Just imagine what could happen if you took this gospel seriously. What if you really asked God for what God knew was good for you, and really sought to find his will for you, and knocked on the door so that God would come into your heart and soul more deeply and fully. That is what Lent is all about. It is asking God for what we need to grow spiritually. It is seeking to find God in every aspect of our life. And it is knocking to be allowed to enter the Kingdom of heaven.
I ask for a prayer. I need a scholarship to study theology and music in Europe this year 2020 Please pray for me. Prayers for my 2nd grader as she has had a rough year with friends at school. It’s tough to continue to show strength and kindness when those around are not showing it…
I am always trying to fill my time with something, always stimulating my brain in some way, and not always with good things. I wasn’t leaving enough time for God, who really should come first.
In today’s gospel Jesus tells us that when we ask, we receive; when we knock the door is opened; when we seek, we find. But what happens when the roles are reversed? What happens when God seeks us, asks us to follow his will, knocks to be allowed into our hearts? Are we then quite as generous? Is it the case that we can be generous to God? It is not because this benefits God, but because it benefits us. Make your heart more open to God.
What happens when you are supposed to be concerned about people you really do not like? What if you are to tell them something that could be for their own good, but you do not want them to hear it for fear they might do it?
Today marks one week into our spiritual journey in this season of Lent. The Scripture readings for today had a profound effect on me and the way that I view Lent. In the readings we are reminded of another aspect of Jonah’s story; we hear how Jonah warned the people of Nineveh to turn away from their evil ways and repent before God. Even the King of Nineveh listened to Jonah and repented by choosing to fast and wear sack cloth. We also hear how Jesus used the story of Nineveh to tell his disciples how important it is to be faithful to God.
It is called the most complete prayer ever. The Our Father is one we pray often. But how often do with really think about the words we are saying. Do we pray the Our Father thinking only of ourselves? Do we pray for God’s will to be done when we hold back from doing God’s will? Do we seek forgiveness without forgiving? Today we are given the time to really consider the prayer and what we are saying.