Lent—An Invitation to Grow Closer to Christ
Lent is an important season in my life. It helps shed light on what I think about Jesus Christ, his sacrifice on Calvary for the sins of humanity, the end of his earthly ministry, the tragedy that led to his death, and his supreme anguish on the cross. Lent is also an invitation to live Jesus' principles for 40 days and beyond.
The period of Lent boosters my call for mission, my devotion as a new home missioner and leads me to reflect on the challenge that Easter presents to the church, its members and the Christian community worldwide.
As a young man in Haiti my mother and father, every Lent season, cultured me and my siblings to the important meaning of the once-and-for-all sacrifice of Jesus Christ at the cross for our salvation. They have brought to our understanding that Lent is a time of new life and fresh beginnings. They have enlightened that fasting and meditating on our weaknesses during the 40 days of Lent will help us grasp the intense significance of the crucifixion and give us a deep and powerful longing for the resurrection.
During my upbringing I witnessed that a couple of days of fasting and meditating during the Lenten season not only opened new windows on my spiritual life, allowed fresh air to burst in my body and brought intense joy on Easter Sunday, it also helped me become a better person, and it changed me completely.
My moments of fasting and meditation during Lent also help me experience my simple part in the passion and suffering of Jesus. He took my place on the cross. He went alone to be punished for my sins. He was separated from his Father. He was deserted by his friends and crucified on the cross in order to give me everlasting life.
During Lent, I deprive my body of the pleasure of familiar comforts to learn more about my weaknesses, my needs and my desires. The season helps reshape my Christian identity, increase my commitment to the church and Jesus' free and love-born gift for me and humanity.
Christ Jesus, let my discipline this Lent season bring me closer to you and increase my capacity for joy. Amen.