Joy Through Repentance
Lent is a time of repentance and accepting our faults in life but by doing so we open ourselves to Gods loving embrace.
It is very easy in the modern world to become distracted from our Christian pathways, the bright lights and frantic energy of contemporary society can often lead us astray and once tasted we often find it difficult to return to our spiritual direction. It is for this reason that the season of Lent has a great importance in our journey in life, as Catholics we accept that we are all sinners and so at this time we look to reconcile our mistakes with God through confessing our sins and performing acts of penance.
Easier said than done of cause. Saying sorry is something that we find increasingly hard, and the sacrament of reconciliation is often one that we participate in the least, but by accepting our faults and our sins and bringing them before God we can glow in the warmth of an everlasting love. The Parable of the Prodigal Son teaches us that no matter how far we run away or sin against God we will always be welcomed back with open arms, the son who went away returned knowing his mistake and was met with celebration at his return to his father. This is how we are received when we reconcile our sins, God rejoices and we share in this joy.
So through out this Lenten period we take the time to attend confession and repent our sins so that ion the coming of the risen Lord we can share in the Joy of Gods Love.
(In case your memory of the Parable of the Prodigal Son here is a rather amusing LEGO recreation of the tale.)