Author: Kathy Horan
Our Lenten Journey which begins this year on Ash Wednesday, March 6, heralds a special time of preparation, renewal and conversion of mind and heart so that we may worthily celebrate the great feast of Easter. Lent begins with Ash Wednesday and ends with the triduum which begins with Holy Thursday Mass and concludes with Evening Prayer on Easter Sunday, with the highlight being the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday.
Journeying with Jesus is the overall theme of this special season of the Church’s liturgical year. It signifies that as a people we are on the move, and consciously walking in the footsteps of Jesus and with Jesus. Throughout the 40 days of this journey, we are invited as God’s people to deepen our relationship with the Lord and with one another and to proclaim a message of hope to the world. We have a chance to become more deeply caught up in God’s dream for the world by engaging with the dynamic word of God in our daily lives. The invitation to all of us is to enter into a time of spiritual renewal and conversion to God’s ways. The Prophet Joel reminds us of the Lord’s desire for us: ‘Return to me with all your heart, … return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love …’ (Joel 2:12).