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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

LENTEN SEASON - AN OPPORTUNITY OR A BURDEN?

Julita, SOCCOM Tawau
Tawau : Reflecting on the meaning of Lent, some might say it is a season of fasting  and abstinence, some might accept it as an ordinary moment whereas to others, it is the time to discern and struggle to be a better individual.
Continuous formation in gathering spiritual food seems to be the perfect way to understand deeper the meaning of Lent. Acknowledging this need, another recollection was held on the 15th March 2014 mainly for members of the Parish Liturgical Committee, facilitators of the Children Liturgy of the Word and all lectors and commentators. Some 40 participants attended the session.
The event began with Holy Mass in the chapel at 9.00 am  presided over by Rev. Fr. David A. Garaman. In his reflection during homily, he said, "Lent is a time for us to be more aware of our spiritual needs and deny the demand of earthly desire. It is a time of repentance. Continue to be perfect children of God. Such intention and action requires self discipline and perseverance. However, once we have overcome it, then we will know that Lent indeed is an opportunity for each one of us to be closer and to be reconciled with our Lord."
He continued saying that the Lenten season is always an opportunity and never a burden. It is an opportune and wonderful moment given by the church for us to value the gift of the sacrament of reconciliation in our faith journey. It is an opportunity to know better and participate in the history of salvation.
In winding up the session, Fr David stressed on the following regarding Lent ;

  • Lent is a time for repentance and fasting that will recall and discern on the suffering of Jesus our Saviour so that all can participate in His resurrection 
  • A time of prayer and meditation by spending time with the Lord through His word of life - the Sacred Scripture
  • A time to deny ourselves from the earthly desire and endeavor more to fulfil our spiritual thirst.
Lent is an opportunity for us to ensure that our lives are right with God through repentance of self and forgiveness of others. This will open the door for us to turn to God and to see things in a different light, His perspective. God is always forgiving and abounding in love. This will open our heart to change to a better person for we are precious in the eyes of God. The session ended at 12 noon.

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