1st Sunday in Lent

St. Pius X | News
8 Mar 2019

At the beginning of Lent the church places us before an open doorway and invites us to embark on a journey of spiritual growth.  Like Jesus in the wilderness, we are being led by the Spirit into a forty-day period of prayer and fasting, to help us reflect on the direction our lives are taking.  It’s an honest and frank attempt by the church to make us come to terms with the harsh reality of the hard slog for salvation.  Lent is a time for us to get back to basics, to replenish the soil in which our Christian faith grows by curbing our selfishness and our pride.   Pampered by creature comforts, we fall into the trap of thinking that material things will bring happiness and so we spend time having our wants and wishes satisfied.  The truth is otherwise.  Instead of helping us on the road to heaven, so often they turn out to be false escapes that lead us into unhappiness and frustration, raising us up for a great let-down.  All of us experience these tendencies within ourselves, but the Gospel states that there is more to life than the satisfaction of our appetites.  Lent is a time of quiet and purposeful reflection which helps us to discover the will of God.  Fasting and self-denial, backed up by prayer and almsgiving, keep us growing in friendship with God.