Where has our sense of repentance gone? What ever happened to “offering it up?” It’s not just kids nowadays who are out of touch with sacrifice, but adults as well. We live in an age of instant gratification, when we don’t have to wait for much. There is value – much to be given and much to be gotten from denying ourselves and in repenting.
Jesus showed us the way to overcome temptation. At the prompting of the Holy Spirit, He went in to the desert – alone – to a place devoid of physical pleasure and material things. He teaches us that by saying “No” to the desires and hunger of our bodies for a time, we gain discipline and the mastery over self to resist temptation.
We must seek out the solitude of a “desert place” in order to quiet ourselves enough to hear the promptings of the Holy Spirit, or the voice of God in our hearts. We can do a little bit of this during our own lenten journeys. We can not only abstain from meat but fast on Fridays – go the extra mile. We can make a retreat at a retreat center near us. If that is not possible, we could do a little “mini reflection time” by walking alone through the woods, or strolling along the beach.
Spring is unfolding in the birds and blooms all around us – slowly but surely. Take time in the hustle and bustle to really notice the beauty that surrounds us. The fingerprints of our Creator are evident in the world everywhere. Revel in the gift of spring, and take time to thank God for the many, many ways in which He has blessed us. Make a commitment to get to know Our Lord on a more personal level this lent. You won’t be sorry!