Journeying in the Faith – Lent

Lent – a time for reflection

 

Lent is really about denying yourself of something that you enjoy in order to be reminded that it’s God that you depend on in life, that it’s your heavenly Father that you most need in life – not social media or computer games or a favourite food. This is the real meaning of Lent. In this way, Lent mirrors the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the wilderness. He voluntarily removed himself from the pleasures of life and company of people so that he could draw close to God, hear from Him, and prepare Himself for what was to come – an intense period of public ministry culminating in a gruesome death and extraordinary resurrection.

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, when we receive ashes, reminding us of Jesus dying on the cross to forgive our sins.

Gospel Reading:  Luke 4.1-13

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And he fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterward he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, `Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'” Then the devil took him to the holy city, and set him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, `He will give his angels charge of you,’ and `On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.'” Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, `You shall not tempt the Lord your God.'”

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them; and he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Begone, Satan! for it is written, `You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.'” Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and ministered to him.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection:

Let us think about the times we are tricked or tempted to do the wrong thing.

The Bible tells us not to lie, but we tell lies to get ourselves out of trouble. Think about a time you may have done this.

The Bible tells us to respect and love our parents, but we can be rude to them – arguing and refusing to do as we’ve been asked.

The Bible tells us to care for the poor and lonely. Have you been nasty to someone you don’t like and not let them play your games?

The Bible tells us not to swear. Is there a time when we’ve used bad words or words that have hurt others?

 

 

A children’s prayer for Lent

Lord, please show me what I should give up for Lent
And when I’ve given it up
Remind me to pray to You instead
To thank You
To love You
To hear from You
Each and every day in Lent
Amen

Scripture

In this reading from St. Paul’s letter to the Romans, we hear how we must let God work within us and that we must try to be at peace with everyone if we are to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. We must remember this especially during Lent.

So then my brothers and sisters, because of God’s great mercy to us I appeal to you: offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him.  This is the true worship that you should offer.   Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind.  Then you will be able to know the will of God – what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect.

 

If someone has done you wrong do not repay him with a wrong.  Try to do what everyone considers to be good.  Do everything possible on your part to live in peace with everybody.

The word of the Lord.

 

Prayer

We pray that during this Lent we come to know and love Jesus more.

Lord, during this time of Lent

Help me to love you more.

That all who are in need may receive help.

Lord, during this time of Lent

Help me to love you more.

That those who are better off may be generous to those poorer than themselves.

Lord, during this time of Lent

Help me to love you more.

That all who are angry and bitter may forgive.

Lord, during this time of Lent

Help me to love you more.

That we may continue strong in our decisions or resolutions this Lent.

Lord, during this time of Lent

Help me to love you more.

That our homes, schools and parish may be blessed this Lent.

Lord, during this time of Lent

Help me to love you more.

 

We must ask for forgiveness during Lent for all the times we have made mistakes. We know that God will forgive us if we are sorry.

Help us, O Lord, to open our hearts to your love.

We are sorry for our selfishness;

Help us to think less about ourselves,

and more about others

today and every day.

We make this prayer,

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Act of Contrition

Oh my God, I thank you for loving me.

I am sorry for all my sins, for not loving others and not loving You.

Help me to live like Jesus and not sin again.

Amen.

 

Please download our Lenten Prayer Diary here for your own Lenten journey: Lenten Prayer Diary