We have entered into another season of Lent, a special season for fasting, prayer and almsgiving in preparation for Easter.
In the early church, this season was observed only by those preparing to be baptized into the church at Easter and the season was only about two to three days. Later the season was extended to forty days, in imitation to Jesus’ forty days fast in the desert after His baptism, but before the beginning of His public ministry. During this time, everyone entered into the season and not just those catechumens preparing to join the church.
This morning, our daily reading from sacred scripture had Moses speaking to the people, giving them the choice. "Here, then, I have today set before you life and prosperity, death and doom. (Dt 30:15)
God does not force us to love Him, it is our choice. God, in Scriptures has set before us His plan, His promise, it is up to us either accept Him or reject Him. Later in the above passage, Moses states as far as he and his family are concerned, they chose life.
During Lent we are called by fasting, prayer and almsgiving to take a closer look at our life. A closer look at our relationship with God, with others, and determine how we are doing in saying “yes” to God. We need to examine more closely to determine if we are walking according to God's plan or our plan. Then after or during that examination, we need to make any necessary adjustments to stay on course.
As we journey this Lenten season, may God's love and mercy be on us, that we may worthily walk in His way, that our steps may be on solid ground, as we strive to return our love for God and neighbor.