Words. Words. Words. There are more way to read, speak and hear words than ever before. But there is really only one word that matters. He it The Word, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Who do you say that I am? This is the central question of a disciple of Jesus. In fact, if we stay with this question it can serve as a good examination of conscience during this season of Lent. Just who is Jesus? What do I say about him? What do I believe about him? How does my life change because of what I believe about him?
Lent is a time where the focus is on prayer, fasting and almsgiving. But in another way, it is about recognizing our faith life and the completion of the sacraments of initiation. Bringing baptism to mind is a key focus for all three readings for Mass today.
In today’s first reading, Moses says this: “Today I have set before you life and prosperity, death and doom.” This seems like the type of choice that is a no brainer. Why would anyone not want life? Why would anyone reject prosperity?
Today on this last day before Ash Wednesday we will consider two things. The first is the devotion of the Stations of the Cross, a devotion that is widely celebrated during the season of Lent. Then, we will have a last minute “check list” to help you to decide what it is you will do this Lent.
Yesterday I indicated that the intent was to go big and bold for the season of Lent. All around us it appears there is brokenness, violence, anger, depression, anxiety. One way we can help ourselves to remember that we have these blessings is to recognize what we take for granted.