26 February, 2020
Get your army gear on
No one is thrilled about Lent because it’s a bit like army training or combat. The opening prayer today at Mass uses lots of warfare imagery. It speaks of beginning a “campaign” of Christian service, taking up battle against spiritual evils and being armed with weapons of self-restraint. We are entering into a secret but very real fight for human hearts. Our own hearts need to be won more completely for God and every human heart faces the same conflict. Our efforts this Lent are like training to make our lives more effective in this battle. We are ambassadors for Christ. How seriously are we going to dive into our training?
Lord, show us what sacrifices or new habits would make the best training for our spiritual lives, and give us the conviction and courage to enter the battle.