Last week in my reflection I shared that I believed that there are three important areas that we need to reflect on in order to ensure that our Lenten journey is a fruitful one. The first of these was making our relationship with God the focus of our lives. The best way to answer this question for ourselves is by answering the following question: When it comes to making a decision between spending time with God at Mass, in prayer, or in learning about our faith verses doing something else what usually wins? Are there some things that we could do different so that our relationship with God takes on a greater importance in our lives? Remember it was Jesus’ strong relationship with His Father that enabled Him to carry His Cross. I trust that we will discover the same. May our walk with Jesus during this Lenten journey help us to rediscover this truth.
God’s continued peace,
We have begun the 40 Day journey into the desert with Jesus. As we begin this journey, I think that it is important that we first assess how we are doing in looking at the BIG picture and by the BIG picture I mean how we are really doing in living our lives in such a way that we are pleasing God.
I believe that in this assessment we need to look at three areas of our lives. First, do we make our relationship with God a focus in our life; second, do we strive to lift others up in their journey; and third, are we being the person that God calls us to be.
In the following weeks I will look more closely at these areas. However, it is important that we do not wait until the end of the 40 days to do this assessment. As Lent begins, let us pause, quiet ourselves, and do a real honest self assessment.
Today’s Gospel reminds us that the devil is hoping that we don’t: may the devil not win!
God’s continued blessing!
Fr. Yvon J. Royer