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Preparing our hearts for Easter

posted Feb 16, 2018, 7:29 PM by Church of the Risen Christ   [ updated Feb 16, 2018, 7:30 PM ]
18 February 2018 ( 1ST SUNDAY OF LENT )
Preparing our hearts for Easter
This week we enter into the Holy Season of Lent. Lent means "spring", and springtime is associated with hope and fresh growth. But before experiencing growth we must, like Jesus, first go through the "desert experience" and encounter the "wild animals". What is this desert experience? It is the experience of dryness and deprivation. We need to experience the dark before we can fully appreciate the light. In the same way, it is when we go through the Lenten observation of fasting and penance that we can fully experience the joys of Easter. And like Jesus we, too, need to contend with the "wild animals" in our lives. "Wild animals" could mean different things for different people. To some of us it could be our passions and things that we find hard to control. To others it could be the bad habits and the things we find hard to give up. In fighting our selfish impulses, we strengthen our will. And through the grace of God we will overcome our wieldy passions and experience the joys of Easter, which is Christ's victory over sin and death.