Blessed are they who have kept the word with a generous heart
and yield a harvest through perseverance.
When Lent began we were all excited to start our Lenten practices, then life got in the way. But, there is no reason to get down on yourself. Today’s Gospel Acclamation gives us encouragement to persevere because a harvest will be reaped from our efforts.
Don’t be fooled today. The devil loves to fool us and lead us away from God by bringing us into desolation. One way he does this is by leading us to think only of ourselves: our mess-ups and failures, which leads us to beat ourselves up. But while we are upset with ourselves, we lose opportunities to serve others and to turn to God for help. A quiet, humble acceptance of our fault and a request for God to give us His strength will send the devil fleeing from us and bring back our peace of mind.
Maybe we did not completely go off course this Lent but we are cutting back from all that we planned on doing during this season. This causes us to lose clarity about what we are doing and we just give up doing anything out of confusion. Or maybe we mess up so much, we just give up out of sheer frustration. But our failures remind us that we need a Savior. It’s okay to mess up. This will prepare you even more for the hope Easter brings. Easter gives us hope that despite our shortcomings and failures, we too will rise to eternal life with Christ. Today, do something nice for someone else, whether that be opening a door for someone, helping someone cross the street, or simply extending a smile or helping hand. It is in service to others that we grow in love and “bear fruit through perseverance.”