God’s greatest gifts to us have been the gift of life and the gift of his mercy and forgiveness. In this season of Lent, we specifically focus on examining our lives and asking for his forgiveness for the times when we have not followed the will of God as Jesus taught us in his public life and left us in the gospels. Lent is a time of seeking forgiveness through our sacrifices and joining those to the suffering of Jesus in his great sacrifice, the passion and death of Christ, so that we might be reconciled to the Father.
We believe in God’s mercy and forgiveness, yet so many of us avoid or postpone receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This sacrament provides for us the most certain way of receiving the joy of forgiveness and the comfort of his mercy. One of the traditional meditations associated with the season of Lent is a meditation on the face of Christ as he endured his passion and crucifixion. Using this image, we see the cost of our personal sins represented on the face of our Savior. While Christ suffered for the sins of all mankind, we must remember that he suffered for each of us in an individual and most personal way.
Take time in this Lent to celebrate the special ways to pray together. Take advantage of the Stations of the Cross and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament as ways to deepen your faith and prayer life during Lent. Receive the joy of his mercy and commit yourself to a frequent reception of his unconditional love and compassion in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.