Lent is a journey towards more of God. We are so used to associate Lent with fasting, praying, giving alms, which are the 3 disciplines of Lent. These are good. We should all do these. However, these 3 disciplines are means towards the end, the goal. They are not the end themselves.
For example, we want to go to Changi Village to eat nasi lemak. Changi village is the goal. We travel ECP to get to Changi Village. But ECP is not the goal. It is the way we take to go to our destination. Likewise, God is our goal, our destination. Fasting, Praying, Almsgiving are simply means or the way or the road we take to get to our final destination, i.e. God.
All our ‘giving ups’ should lead us to add in more of God into our life. The question that we should ask is:‘How can I find ways during this Lent so that I can have more of God in my life?’
Instead of just focusing on what we want to give up, perhaps it is time to change our focus to what we want to gain. The destination of Lent and in fact the whole of our life is: TOWARDS MORE OF GOD. This Lent is to add God in our lives.
When we include God more into our life, He will also lead us to expand our hearts to include others.
- 1 John 4,19 ‘We love because God first loved us. If someone says he loves God, but hates his brother or sister, he is a liar. Because he cannot love God whom he has not seen, if he does not love his brother whom he has seen.’
Think of someone whom you find it difficult to love because of different personalities, past misunderstandings, etc. This Lent, God is inviting you and I to love the person we have in our mind because it is when we love this person, we are loving God. Our life has to be centred on Love. Look at Jesus on the cross, in the Eucharist and we see the unconditional love that we are called to imitate.
At the end of our life, what we really leave behind that really matters is not the money or the house or the car. We leave behind the love we have shared with those around us and the goodness we have done. We leave behind our love for God and others. This is what really matters.
By Sr Sandra Seow, FMVD