If only I had more money. If only I had more time. If only I had better grades. If only I had a better Lent.
I think sometimes we create our lives around those two little words: “IF ONLY.” When we say “if only” we focus on what is missing. We no longer see what we have. We no longer see what is possible.
Our Lenten Season has arrived with Ash Wednesday and each of us will begin focusing on our Lenten journey. We will hear ourselves say to each other what we will be doing for Lent or better yet what are you giving up for lent? We will think about our goal? How will my lent unfold for me? How and with whom will I travel this road? All good questions but we can be stopped dead in our tracks if we lose sight that Lent is more than just giving up simple pleasures, wearing ashes, eating fish on Friday and going to the Stations of the Cross. Certainly these are good. But I invite you in the days ahead to reflect on what your Lent has been in the past? What was hard about it, natural, fulfilling, disappointing? What would you like it to be this year? Do you have a goal, or will you let it unfold? Will it be a solitary period, or one share with others? Whatever it is just keep one thing in mind get rid of the two words “If only.” Focusing on “If only” stops our moving forward and can kill our dreams of what we want God to do in us during his holy season. Whatever your plans I invite you to come join us here at Holy Eucharist on our Lenten Journey. Come join us for Mass on Saturday evening at 5:00pm or on Sunday at 8:30, 10:30am and 6:00pm. invite your family and friends to join you. Looking forward to seeing you!
Fr. Andrew Jamieson