We’ve made it until the end of the journey of Lent – have we lived up to expectations?
The aim of the journey of Lent is to focus on three things that can bring us closer to God.
- Prayer – a time to reconnect to God
- Fasting – giving something up or being able to show sacrifice
- Almsgiving – being willing to give to others in some way
If we do any of these things in a very basic way I believe we will have become better people over the last 40 days. Ultimately I hope this has happened and you have grown closer to God by deepening your faith.
As we approach Holy Week we can capture the highs and lows of the final days of Jesus’ life.
Many of you would have watched the moving film The Passion. I remember seeing it when it was first released sitting alongside my Mum as a devout Catholic and other movie-goers (accompanied by the obligatory popcorn) on Easter Saturday when it was first released. In a beautiful, challenging and graphic way we recounted the sacrifice that Jesus made in His final days and ultimately the miracle of the Resurrection. This in essence is the centre of the Christian faith and year.
It is an amazing, and very human, journey from the triumphant entry of the longed-for Messiah into Jerusalem to Jesus’ crucifixion in a horrific and public execution, sometimes sanitised by the crucifixes we have on our walls. A tale of darkness and human cruelty, a death of faith in some way perhaps.
But ultimately this is not the end of the story. In fact the sacrifice and suffering Jesus endured is a lasting symbol of God’s love for us. We long for the resurrection, for the stone to be rolled away. As Christians we need to be people of light and hope, this Easter especially, but ultimately in the world we live in each and every day.
So three challenges this Holy Week…
- Take time to stop and reflect on the sacrifice Jesus made for us and simply give thanks in some simple way.
- Reflect on how we can commit to sacrificing something in our lives to benefit or show our love for others.
- Let us always know that light overcomes darkness and be a witness to this Good News in our daily lives.
I hope you have a good journey in the week ahead and a very happy and blessed Easter.