We all know that Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent, and so, just like any other new years that we have gone through, we make our personal resolutions for Lent, because we know that it is the time of (1) prayer, (2) fasting and abstinence, and (3) almsgiving.
We obtain this certain grit when we list the things we want to give up. We give up chocolates and flavored drinks, we eliminate pulling up all-nighters, cramming, and laziness, we lessen our time in social media, and all other things we got used to consuming which take a toll on us. We gain this push when we attempt to learn new things with the Lord in this season, trying to add these in our daily routine. We try to hear weekday celebrations of the Holy Eucharist, we do a regular visit in the adoration chapel, we plan our Holy Week activities, and we read books helpful in deepening our faith.
In short, we look forward to enduring this season with different processes of pruning and growing. Hence, all these plans we take into our hearts are messages of invitation to be one with Jesus in His sufferings – we give up things, we discover new ways of loving Him. Hoping that consistency would embrace our lives, we then surrender the entirety of ourselves for a meaningful Lent journey. Anticipating that answered prayers would eventually take place, we keep our eyes focused on Jesus and we open our hearts to His messages.
But in the middle of Lent, we find ourselves going in circles, noticing that we are still the same persons we were when we entered this season. Are we coursing through this journey right?
“See, I am doing something new! Now it springs forth,
do you not perceive it? In the wilderness I make a way,
in the wasteland, rivers.” – Isaiah 43:19 (NABRE)
Good news! We are all capable of leaving this inconsistency we have allowed ourselves to fall into. It doesn’t mean that when we fail to follow through our supposed “Lent resolutions,” we already do not make up a good Catholic servant. The Lord always gives us infinite mercies, and so, new things are being handed on to us every single day. We just have to allow Him to enter our hearts and transform us. Reality is, we will never be able to exit the chains of inconsistency if we do not make a decision to be renewed at this very moment.
Lent is here to give us a new hope. Apart from where we let ourselves dive this season in, seek to realize and understand the deeper meaning of our actions. We venture in this journey because we are made for this. We are called here, now. Come back stronger for a meaningful Easter!
Kate Nievera is a Mission Volunteer serving as the MFC Youth LIT program servant