- Fr. Howard Thompson
In order to reveal the Father’s love, Jesus had to empty Himself and become one of us (Phil. 2:7). He gave up everything He had with His Father in heaven, and when the time was right, He gave His life for our salvation. In gratitude, how do we empty ourselves for His glory? Lent invites us in a deeper way to follow the Lord through deliberate choices of denying ourselves (Lk. 9:23). By spending less time with the television, radio, computer, iPad, smart phone and social media, we create more time and space for prayer, and more room for God. The choices we make to abstain and fast, either from food or an activity that gives satisfaction, allows us to enter into a spirituality of sacrifice that mirrors the Lord. Sharing our blessings with others and being kind with our words pleases the Lord. Walk with God in Lent. Lord Jesus, as You willing gave Yourself on the cross for our eternal salvation, may our acts of self-denial lead to our growth and Your glory. Amen.