During this time of Lent, let us not be so proud or better than anyone else that we lose sight of our goal of unity.
Dear brothers and sisters, do not look down on those that stand instead of kneel, that chant instead or read, that fast instead of give...we all have our unique situations, backgrounds and traditions. I have orthodox friends that stand more than I kneel. I have some friends that sing more than pray. I know people that do not fast at all, but give their entire life to the service of Christ...their fast is giving.
No matter your tradition during this season, may we all recognize our need for God. Take these symbolic 40 days and ask yourself this question: Am I open to look at myself honestly? And then ask: Am I open to look at Jesus and the cross. For you see, as you focus on Jesus, your view of self will change, and perhaps, by grace, you yourself will change.
I focus on the cross not because I am morbid or sedentary or discontented. I glory in the cross because I am grateful. A grateful heart and life will change you. Be content. Learn to be content and grateful. Learn to place your needs at the cross of Calvary. And you will soon find a drift from selfishness to a life of glory.
Galations 6 tells us
14. But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ; by whom the world is crucified to me, and I to the world. 15. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
So...this Lent, and always...put aside self...put aside differences...seek Jesus. There is newness in the Cross.
God bless you all
Sr. Bernadette Maria