Personal Reflection Lent To Easter

Posted: April 18, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

I have often repeated at many prayer meetings over the last few years that there is no Christmas without Advent; just as there is no Easter without Lent. It is all about the journey up the mountain to reach the pinnacle. And because of the sacrifices and the commitment it takes to complete the journey, we find at the top of that very mountain Jesus our Lord waiting to embrace us. What joy! What cause for great celebration!

I began 2019 with a commitment to grow deeper in my faith and love for our Lord. And so I was resolute in overcoming habitual sins by praying more and reading scripture more. And to serve the community as best as I could. In fact it was because of the various communities that I’ve journeyed with this Lenten season that has enabled be to more faithful, faith-filled and steadfast! This year I also signed up for a series of Catholic talks on leadership, attended a Lenten retreat and most recently a two day Passover Seminar.

The latter was led by whom I’ve affectionately called my spiritual father, a lay person Brother Lalith Perera from Sri Lanka. He is truly an anointed speaker who had made many difficult theological concepts or truths easy for everyone to understand. It was during this retreat that I was charged up and eager to hold on to the promises of Christ as I know He has great plans for me. That also means more challenges and sacrifices are to be expected.

Post Seminar and on hindsight one of the reasons it was exceptionally fruitful for me is because I simply said yes when I was asked if I could help, tired as I was. Because the night before our community meeting ended late and by the time I got to bed it was close to midnight. Woke up at 5am to reflect on the word, rushed for morning EC then on to the seminar thinking I could rest. But when a dear sweet lady, family of brother Lalith asked if I could help I was silently praising the Lord for yet another opportunity to serve Him through His community. Didn’t matter what the task or tasks were. I was given a tag to put on. When some close friends saw me wearing it, one of them and me why so special? Why do you have it and we don’t? I jokingly answered, “Can you drink this cup?” They laughed and so did I. But again now looking back I can’t help but think there is more to that simple line. To follow Christ is to carry our cross and follow Him! Can we indeed drink His cup when it is presented to us?

The seminar and the follow up talk on Tuesday, “When Heaven goes silent” has given me great insights to the promises of our ever loving God. To have the unfailing, rock solid hope and faith our Blessed Mother had and to know without doubt that all God’s promises will be fulfilled. So while its still two more days to Easter, I already have the joy of the Risen Lord in my heart! Praise the Lord!

(I recorded part of the praise and worship to share… Come and see for yourselves…. Next time…)

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