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CAM NGHIEM SONG LOI CHUA- REFLEXTION 2ND OF LENT PDF Print E-mail

Reflection toward Second Sunday of Lent

THE EXTRA EFFORT

As Saint Paul emphasizes in today's second reading, we are all called to a holy life.

God gives us a great gift every year with the season of Lent: an opportunity once again to more closely imitate Jesus, the perfect example of holy living. We may think that Lent is only about fasting from food or abstaining from meat, but it should be so much more. The Church advocates our frequent participation in the Mass, as well as our prayers for peace and for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

We are also encouraged to give personal service to those in need, including the aged and the sick. And last but not least, we are invited to practice some form of voluntary self-denial, which is giving up something we really want, rather than something we'll never miss.

The particular practices we choose to adopt during Lent may vary widely according to our age, capabilities, and lifestyle. The only thing we cannot do is avoid Lent altogether. This would separate us from God and the community of faith, and seriously call our discipleship into question.

If we have been practicing stewardship all along, the extra efforts we make in Lent are simply a natural extension of what have already been doing. These additional practices and penances deepen our awareness of how much we receive daily from the hands of an all-loving God. By shifting our attention away from our own wants and needs we have more time to offer our abilities and resources to God, to God's church, and to the world in which we live.

Lent is truly a time to count our blessings—each and every one—and to ask God to conform our hearts even more to the divine will.

Living Stewardship Now

Fast from fear, feast on faith.

Fast from despair, feed on hope.

Fast from depressing news, feed on prayer.

Fast from discontent, feast on gratitude.

Fast from anger and worry, feed on patience.

Fast from negative thinking, feast on positive thinking.

Fast from bitterness, feed on love and forgiveness.

Fast from words that wound, feast on words that heal.

Fast from gravity, feast on joy and humor.

 FR LINH

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