Lent’s not over yet!
As we transition from Lent into the celebrations of the Triduum on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter, let’s take a few minutes to reflect on our Lenten commitments. How did we do?
Lent is a time for turning back to God. Did we use our practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving to grow in our faith and draw closer to the Lord? Did we sometimes slip up in our commitments? Did we abandon them in the first week?
No matter how much we’ve stumbled, we’re in good company. The daily readings for Holy Week focus our attention on Peter and Judas. Peter denied Jesus. Judas betrayed Jesus. So what’s the difference between these two? In their crimes, not so much. The difference is in their response. Peter repented and received forgiveness. Judas despaired and died in his sin.
What’s our response when we sin or don’t live up to our commitments? Do we try to ignore it and muddle through, even though we know deep down that we’ve done wrong? Or do we own up to what we’ve done (or failed to do) and seek forgiveness?
Jesus offers forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and there’s still time to take advantage of this before Lent’s over. Most parishes offer additional opportunities for confession on Good Friday and Holy Saturday. Consider going to confession as a way to finish Lent strong and begin the Easter season even stronger.