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Something to think and pray about this week

Lent does not normally begin with happiness. We are more accustomed to hearing of how hard it will be. The theme of conversion, which the season of Lent begins with, is often understood in terms of sacrifice, struggle and even suffering. An overly moralistic approach to Lent means, however, that Christians can sometimes look, in a line from the Pope’s previous Exhortation, Evangelii Guadium (The Joy of the Gospel, ‘like someone who has just come back from a funeral’ (EG, 10). The challenge of the gospel is to consider the call to repentance in the light of what we receive from God. This means holding the darkness of our lives up against the light of God’s love, seeing the contrast between the sin of the world and the salvation offered in the kingdom of God.

Excerpted from Finding God in the Mess: Meditations for Mindful Living by Brendan McManus SJ and Jim Deeds
(pp: 22-23)