What is the purpose of Lent? As we begin the Lenten season of 2020, it’s a very important question we all must ask ourselves.
We need to decrease so that Jesus may increase. That is the purpose of Lent. That is why we “give something up” or “take something on.”
Lent begins this Wednesday. Please don’t be a wimp. God wants so much for you. Don’t do the same old thing you have always done. Think about your life. Take a chance this Lent. Be courageous. Find what leads you away from God and remove it from your life. Take a chance and grow closer to the God who loves you.
If we are to have a relationship with Jesus, we must get to know him. And that means keeping watch with him and for him.
There are times when it is important for us to remember the goal. What is the purpose of our life? Aristotle suggested that determining what something is for was and important way to explain something. Saint Thomas Aquinas applied this idea to humans, suggesting that we were made for living in beatitude with God ultimately in the Beatific Vision.
getting ready for Lent is about seeking to imitate the love of Jesus for others. He was ever so generous, emptying himself for our salvation. When he finds us, he helps us to realize that when we focus only on ourselves, there is never enough money, never enough pleasure, never enough fame.
Simon Peter comes face to face with the glory of God. He then recognizes his sinfulness. But he learns that forgiveness is not earned, but freely given by God.
We all experience temptation. Even Jesus experienced temptation. How does Satan want to take you away from a relationship with God? That is his goal. Think about what you can do to use the grace of God just as Jesus did when he was tempted.
I will not leave you orphans. God loves us, and he sends people in our lives to love us. What a gift and grace. In Day Three of this novena, help us to grow in love of God and neighbor.
We have been made by God in a way that makes us different from any other creature here on earth. We are made in God’s image and likeness. Today’s novena prayer focuses on how we need to allow God to make us more like him in grace.