February 18, 2021

What are you doing for Lent this year? We might come into Lent in a sort of automatic mode, where we follow the required practices and think that’s enough. Perhaps we have chosen to do more… but… before we go any further… we must ask ourselves the one crucial question: Who is leading us?

Jesus was led into the desert by the Holy Spirit. There he went to be tempted by the devil. Even Jesus, who is God, did not choose his own path. He chose the path set before him by the Father. The Church sets a path before us, a set of rules that we must follow. This part is easy; we know who we follow. Anything more than that must be discerned.

Saint Peter Julian Eymard says: The devil confuses everything to lead us to despair. On the contrary, the Holy Spirit speaks clearly and in detail; he shows the sacrifice to be made and names it (Saint Peter Julian Eymard, A Thought for Each Day, PT, 201,1).

In today’s first reading, the Holy Spirit speaks clearly and in detail: I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then.… There is no middle ground. We are either with God, or we are against him. We are either following his will, or we are following our own will.

While the shadow of the ashes is still on our foreheads, and we ourselves ready to travel through the desert of Lent, we should pause for a moment and examine who is leading us this way. And if the answer is not Jesus, let us turn around and follow him, for whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it (Luke 9:24).

Let Us Pray:

Prompt our actions with your inspiration, O Lord, and further them with your constant help, that all we do may always begin with you and by you be brought to completion. (From Collect)


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About Ivonne Hernandez

Ivonne is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament at St Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Holiday, Florida.