The Season of Lent carries a number of images and evokes a number of feelings. But in the midst of all of them, we need to remember the reality of our Baptismal calling for Lent is a preparation for the Baptismal celebration of Easter.
Some are preparing to be baptized, and some to be received into full communion in the Roman Catholic Church. For these, Easter will be a day of new beginnings as members of our faith community. For the rest of us, Easter will be a time of renewal and rededication to our baptismal promises to live the life of faithful discipleship. In all cases, it will be a celebration of the life Jesus won for us by his life, death, and resurrection.
How do we prepare for this? By repentance which is a turning away from sin and a turning toward faithful life with God. That is the positive side of Lent--a time of growth and renewal. A time of new life and rebirth. A time of victory in Jesus.
May the Holy Spirit enlighten our hearts to know in what ways we need to repent in order to find new life and peace.