Lent Racing By
Someone mentioned this blog in a conversation yesterday and I suddenly realized that I haven't posted anything since last Sunday. Then this morning I was sitting in church waiting for Mass to begin and the announcement was made that "This is the third Sunday of Lent." OK, some I'm losing track of time. What am I doing with it?
Every Lent (and Advent for that matter) I firmly promise myself that I am going to take the time to prepare properly for Easter (and Christmas). Then the season arrives and I'm usually caught off guard because I am not ready. I haven't been paying much attention to how close we were. So, a few days into the season I am finally a bit more focused and ready to make this a great, profitable time. Then the daily demands of life, work, etc. take over and the season slips by without the kind of attention and focus that I had planned and wanted.
This season I am using a daily meditation booklet published by Liguori Press entitled Daybreaks: Daily Reflections for lent and Easter Week. It features reflections by Fr. Ron Rolheiser, O.M.I. (I sent copies of this to the guys in the Vocation Office data bank.) Rolheiser has a wonderful ability to bring things down to the nitty-gritty and show how we find God in the everyday activities and events of life. God became flesh and lived among us--and still does! What this has helped me realize (one of my more conscious thoughts during this morning's Eucharist) is that Lent isn't about what I planned to do, but with living the Gospel more fully each day in the situation I find myself in.
How many times have I heard that? How many times have I preached that? Yet this morning it sunk in in a significantly new way. So what have I been doing during the first two and a half weeks of Lent? What have I done since I last posted on this blog a week ago? I've been living my life as a Vocation Director and as the Chair of a province committee and as a friar in St. Anthony Friary and that is exactly what I should be doing during Lent. Only I should be doing it with a little more awareness each day of how the Lord is calling me to do the things that I do.
I should be living my life more Christ-like and repenting the times that I do not. That is my Lenten project--not the things I wanted to do, but living the life God gives me in a truly Gospel fashion. I wonder what this insight will have me do for the rest of Lent?