Fr. Patrick writes: Look Up to Jesus

A walk with God, Day 30: Look Up to Jesus

Lent is a favourable moment where we, as God’s people, show to the world that because we are sinners we are preparing through the Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting and alms-giving to re-live liturgically the Pascal Mystery- the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This public and collective acknowledgement that we are sinners through the imposition of ashes should lead us to deepen our inward attitude and strengthen our motivation for it especially during this fifth week of Lent, the climax of our preparation.

In this our preparation, there is a temptation to see Lent as a time of self-improvement, during which our focus is on ourselves. Any time man focuses on himself instead of God, the Creator and source, it leads to sin. In the garden of Eden, Adam and Eve focused on themselves and this led to sin. In the desert, Satan came to tempt Jesus also to focus on Himself but in all three temptations, Jesus did not yield to it.

In fact, the Lenten disciplines the church offers to us lead us to focus on God. Prayer is to look up to God and entrust everything to Him; the centre and focus of prayer is God. Fasting is to acknowledge with Jesus that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God; the focus should not be the satisfaction of our pleasures but the fulfillment of God’s will. Alms-giving focuses on the ‘other’ person who is Christ, for He said, “Whatever you do to the least of my brothers, you do unto me.’

Let our focus be not on ourselves, but on Jesus. Let our focus be on the endless mercy of God. When the prodigal son’s focus was on himself he moved away from home and his father but when he came to his senses, his focus was shifted to the father who accepted him and made a feast for his return. God awaits our return too.

Read:📖 Matthew 14:22-33
Prayer Point:🙇🏽‍♀️ Pray for the sick.
Action:👉🏽 Do something loving for someone who is sick.

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