The season of Lent is a time ripe for reflection on the mysteries of our faith. Once again, we are invited to join Jesus on his journey toward Jerusalem, to accompany him to Calvary, to wait quietly at the Tomb, and to know the glory of his Resurrection, which he shares with us.
The Gospel for Ash Wednesday reminds us that, underneath the rich outward symbols of this season of grace, Lent is an inward journey: “But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.” (Mt.6:6)
When we allow, therefore, this spirit of reconciliation to permeate our lives, we can identify with the Lenten story of the Prodigal in the Scriptures. We who were dead “come to life again”; we who were lost “are now found” by our Father who wants to “celebrate and rejoice” with us. (Lk.15:32)
Indeed this is the ripe time in which to find ourselves inwardly and wholly in God’s mystery of grace. As we journey in Lent, let us be a people of glory! Let us inwardly digest God’s grace so that we may truly come alive on Easter morning! Let us declare with our reflections and examinations, “We are alive forever more in God’s grace!”
Take full advantage then of all Lent has to offer. Leave nothing unstirred and unquestioned. Seek fully the glory of God’s grace and come to the living water that will not perish, but gives abundantly!