Glory to Jesus Christ!
With this coming week, we will be launching the Great Fast – the Lenten season is upon us.
We know that it’s a time when we stress prayer, fasting, almsgiving. We know that it’s a time for becoming stronger, spiritually, and these are the means that we often use.
In the Gospel this Sunday, it begins with the invitation to forgive and the Call that is so much a part of our Christian life: “If you forgive others, Your Heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, neither will Your Father forgive your transgressions.”
So, in many churches, we will begin with the Forgiveness Service. But the same Gospel goes on to talk about fasting and not being hypocrites when we do
But there’s a third part to that same Gospel and it’s about treasure.
Let me read it: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy and then thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroy nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.”
That’s so important. It’s our invitation for the Lenten season: Where is your treasure? Who is your treasure? What is your treasure?
In the Lenten season, we are called back to putting our focus on the Lord and recognizing Him – His love, His grace – as, indeed, our treasure. Our treasury of strength, mercy, forgiveness, grace, virtue; all that is worth seeking.
May the Lord lead us in this Holy Season back to our central treasure; back to a life of joy, grace, peace and blessing in Him.
Remember to share Him with others, as well. May we live in such a way that others know who is our treasure.
God bless you