We invite you, in the name of the Church, to observe a holy Lent: by self–examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self–denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s Holy Word. To make a right beginning of repentance, and as a mark of our mortal nature, let us now go before our Creator and Redeemer.
Jesus endured 40 days in the wilderness to prepare for His earthly ministry and purpose. His sustenance was the Word of God by which He was filled with wisdom, fended off the devil, and ultimately persevered through physical trial to receive spiritual strength.
Over the next forty days, we too can gain spiritual strength for the journey ahead. We commit this Lenten journey to dying to self and living for Jesus.
Discipleship takes a daily commitment. What that looks like is daily giving up something that we carry that is not of God and picking up something that is of God. Perhaps we need to let go of un-forgiveness, anger, shame, despair, and or sin in its multitude of ways.