Study: Who do I need to forgive in my life? Who do I need to ask for forgiveness?
Pray: How can my prayer help me repent and seek forgiveness in my life? Is there something special I need to bring to the Lord?
Serve: How can I be an agent for healing and reconciliation in the lives of those around me?
The readings in this 3rd Week of Lent are pointed in their meaning:
1. God comes into our world (1st & Psalm)
2. Repent! (2nd & Gospel)
It really is simple. God enters into our world, revealing his love and compassion. In our response to the Lord we are called to recognize our sins and turn away from them to a new way of life.
What does this mean for us? How do we apply these Scriptures to our lives today? Here are a few thoughts:
1. Take time to examine our lives.
* What is the content of my speech?
* What is the pattern of my behavior?
* What is my attitude?
* How do I treat other people?
2. What needs to change?
* What in my life is not Christ like?
* What in my life is destructive?
* What in my life is not healthy?
3. Make a break and start a new way!
* Take the courage to act!
* See a new way to live…and do it!
* We do not do this alone – lean on others.
* We do not do this alone – lean on God!
* When we make mistakes, return to God!
(this is called Confession!)
We examine our lives, judge what is not of Christ, and actively change our ways. Simple? Yes. Easy? NO!!!
Repentance takes honesty, hard work, and a commitment to grow closer to the Lord. When we repent we make the claim that there are parts of our life that are not right – something needs to change.
As we continue on our Lenten journey, we explore and renew our relationship with the Lord. We can see if our lives are in harmony with the faith we profess. If there is something that has to change, we trust in the Lord for the courage to repent.