We have all been through Lenten practices many times in our lives and we continue to be saddened by the events that happened to Jesus during the final weeks leading to his death.
As we spend our time meditating on the life and death of Jesus, it is difficult to think of what he went through. He always knew his fate and although he asked our Father to take this suffering from him, he was destined to die for our sins to save us. Would anyone of us be ready and willing to do what Jesus did so we could spend eternity with the Father?
Let us continue to pray and meditate into the next weeks of this Lenten journey as we await the glorious Resurrection of Jesus.
by Kathryn Schinker, Notre Dame Associate
We entered Lent earlier this week and today’s readings provide a framework and a challenge for me as I ponder the focus of my journey these 40 days.
The gospel acclamation says one does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God. The devil even tempted a hungry Jesus to turn stones into bread. These temptations of Christ challenge me to seek my strength, consolation, desires and actions from Him. When I was young we were encouraged to “give up” something. That can be a start but I have realized that I need to increase my actions to love, to serve, to pray - to fast on the things of the world and to feast on God’s love poured out for each of us.
I pray for openness, acceptance, thankfulness and willingness to deepen my relationship with Christ on this Lenten journey toward Easter.