As we enter more deeply into this season of Lent, let’s pray to God that he might grant us the grace to follow him to the Cross, whatever the Cross might be in our lives. Let us pray for the grace to do the hard thing, because it is in these little sufferings and sacrifices that we will find our closeness to Jesus and our salvation.
Our Lenten penance ensures that we do not let idolatry take hold in our lives.
We cannot effectively preach the Gospel until we remove the beam from our own eye.
The Resurrection is the ultimate source of our hope.
On our own, we are completely unworthy of God. But he chooses to be intimate with us anyway.
If we are ever led to believe that Christianity in general, and especially Catholicism, are somehow simple, shallow, or stupid, it is not because this is the reality of the faith. It is because, like the people of Nazareth, when we think we know something, we jail it inside our preconceived notions and refuse to let it grow or surprise us.
God designed the Church so that her members would be equal, but not identical.