Lenten Reflections: Second Week of Lent

Lent Reflections

Everything in our lives is a gift from God! This Lenten season, grow in gratitude for what matters most. Join us for Everyday Stewardship Lenten Reflections with Tracy Earl Welliver. Discover inspiration and challenge for your stewardship way of life.

We can profess to know Jesus but then act like he is merely an acquaintance. Through our baptism, we stand with the entire communion of saints who can testify to the power of Jesus. Yet, our baptism can at times seem like an event many years ago without any real bearing on our lives today. This Lent, make no mistake: Jesus is alive and well and standing in unity with all the saints. We have the baptismal call to testify to that reality. As we enter into these Lenten mysteries — although we may not fully understand the power of Our God — we must be mindful that he is Our Lord yesterday, today, and forever.

What does my baptismal call really mean to me?

During Lent, we are called to repent and turn back toward God. That is only made possible by the mercy that our Father has for each of us. No one is too far away from God to return. No one has sinned to the point where God pulls back His mercy. We are all sinners before God, but by His grace, we can all be saved. Take God up on His offer of mercy. Return to Him and rest in His love.

When was the last time I received the Sacrament of Penance?

Humility does not mean we are not created as special beings. In fact, by virtue of being created in the image of God, we are special. Humility means that we know who God is and that we are not God. We do not try to raise ourselves above each other for we are all created as sons and daughters of God. Humility means we recognize that all we have and all we are is because of God. We are special, but we are nothing without God.

Have I truly been humble in my relationships with others and with God?

Kindness should know no limit. Whether we are engaged in systematic kindness towards others or looking for ways to perform random acts of kindness, we need to do so freely and without reservation. The kindness we show to one another will come back to us from Our Lord multiplied many times over. When we are kind to one another, we acknowledge and honor the Jesus within him or her.

Who is a person I need to show extra kindness toward before this Lent is over?

Almsgiving is an important part of Lent. Hopefully, we are generous throughout the year. But during Lent, we are asked to keep the poor in the forefront of our minds. If you are still looking for a way to practice almsgiving during this Lenten season, it is not too late to get a Rice Bowl from Catholic Relief Services. Most parishes have them available, and it is a great way for the entire family to share a little with those in our world who need our help the most.

How am I sharing my gifts this season with those in need?

Jesus gave his very life for us. He suffered ridicule, was beaten, and then led to Golgotha to be crucified. Those events were a long time ago, but during Lent, we focus on his sacrifice and what it means for the world. We must never reserve those events to history lessons and religion classes. We must enter into the story and reflect on these greatest actions of love for all of us.

Have I considered attending Stations of the Cross in my parish this season?

Throughout our lives, we can find ourselves either closer to or further from God depending on our circumstances. Sometimes we are the prodigal; sometimes we are the faithful one. Either way, God loves us and longs for us to be even closer to Him. We will never find ourselves in a flawless relationship with God until we are with Him in heaven for eternity. Until then, we will continue the cycle of turning away and then returning to Him. He will continue to run towards us each and every time.

Where am I today in my relationship with God?

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