Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Laetare Sunday

Rejoice!  That’s the meaning of Laetare, an instruction, a command, to ‘rejoice’ in the midst of our Lenten journey.  The Church reminds us as we journey through the wilderness, confront our sinfulness, and do penance for our sins, that the journey isn't about the wilderness – the journey is about Easter!Think of this Sunday as a rest stop.  A time to evaluate the journey so far, make corrections or adjustments to our Lenten practices, and ‘step up our game’ a bit so that we can be as prepared as possible for the joys of Easter and the renewal of our baptismal promises.  So – how are you doing? 

Have you been observing the abstinence from meat on Fridays, or is there an opportunity to do better?  What about the Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving?  Are you eating simpler meals occasionally and saving some of the money from simpler purchases to support the CRS Rice Bowl program?  Have you found extra ways to support and share from what you have been given with those around you who have less and need more?

What about our community ‘fast from complaining’?  Are there still things that lead you to fall into the pattern of complaining about them rather than being a positive force for change, growth, healing and rebirth?  How have you been successful at replacing the complaining habit with encouraging others?

As we are reminded this week of the LIGHT of faith in Christ – as we pray with those who are in their final weeks of journeying toward full initiation into the Church – and as we REJOICE in the midst of our penance on this Laetare Sunday – the questions for us are simple:
  • How can we better use the remainder of this holy Lent to grow in love of Christ and our neighbor?
  • When will we set aside our pride and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation so that we’re better prepared to receive the graces of the coming holy season?
  • What can each of us do to serve one another better?
  • What more does God want to give us in this Lent to enliven us more perfectly this Easter?

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