Many things may go through our hearts and minds as we prepare for another season of Lent. Maybe we're concerned about what we are going to do for Lent. Maybe we're thinking about what we should give up. Maybe we haven't given Lent any thought at all.
Saint Luke gave us some good pointers last Sunday. In the section we read, Jesus lays down the essential characteristics of being his disciple. These aren't suggestions or nice things we "might" do. Jesus says that these are the heart of discipleship.
And what are they:
1) love your enemies; do good for them
2) treat others as you would like them to treat you
3) be as forgiving and as merciful as God is.
I have a feeling that if we were to meditate on these "qualities of a disciple" that we would have plenty to do this Lent--and many Lents to come. Lent isn't about giving up cookies or candy. It's not about losing weight or watching less TV. Lent is about letting Jesus form his image in us more clearly. Lent is about dying to our selves and rising with Jesus to new life in him.
So what are you going to do this Lent?