Lent: The Time of Fulfillment

By Sister Catherine Cleary, OSB

Did you know Lent originally was a 40-day preparation for adult Baptism? There was a 40-day retreat during which the catechumens prepared to become Catholics through their Baptism, Confirmation and reception of the Eucharist during the Easter Vigil. It’s become something more, of course.

Lent is a time, today, to turn back to God. To recognize that God has never forgotten to care for us, to love us constantly and to be present to us at ALL TIMES.

We began the week with the reminder from Noah’s Ark. The story tells us that God gave us a sign “for all ages to come,” a “covenant between me and you and all living beings.”

We re-learn that God has NOT forgotten that covenant. “The waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all mortal beings.”

We re-examine whether we have held up our part of the covenant. Have we been faithful?

Then Jesus says, “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the gospel.”

We turn back to God: Let us be sorry for our sins. Let us renew our faithfulness toward ourselves, our neighbors, and all creatures of the earth including the earth, the sky, the universe. Let us throw ourselves, head over heals, into Your Love.

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