FIFTH WEEK OF LENT
Saturday, April 8
Nicholaus Jurgensmeyer
Sem. Class of 2018

 

A Renewed Vigor for Lent

 

 

“I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” – Ez. 37:27

 

 

Lent is coming to a close and Easter is just around the corner. The first reading today gives us a renewed hope in the words “… that they may be my people and I may be their God.”  On this day we should have a renewed vigor in our Lenten practices to better anticipate Christ’s Resurrection.

 

But what does that look like today? Have we not already have been making our Lenten sacrifices for nearly forty days? As Lent moves along we can tend to forget why we are making the sacrifices in the first place. What then is purpose of our Lenten sacrifice? As it says in the first reading (Ez. 37:21-28) “No longer shall they defile themselves with their idols, their abominations, and all their transgressions. I will deliver them from all their sins of apostasy, and cleanse them so that they may be my people and I may be their God.” When we allow the idols of the world crowd our hearts, being overly distracted by technology, other people’s opinions of us, even people pleasing, we begin to make less room in our hearts for the love of Christ. 

 

The renewed vigor of our Lenten sacrifices is a reminder of how we are to cast away these idols of the world in order to make space in our hearts for God to dwell forever. 

 

Lord Jesus Christ give me the strength and courage to continue to follow you. As I look to the day of your Resurrection help me in these coming days to prepare my heart, mind, and soul for you. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

 

Lord Jesus Christ give me the strength and courage to continue to follow you. As I look to the day of your Resurrection help me in these coming days to prepare my heart, mind, and soul for you. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 E 37: 21-28        Jer 31: 10. 11-12abcd. 13       Jn 11: 45-56