For Many, the season of lent can serve as a time of renewed dedication to living the Christian faith. We adopt forms of prayer, fasting and almsgiving in order to help us live that Lenten call to “repent and believe in the Gospel”. Now that we have reached Easter and Lent is over it might be our experience that any bad habits we avoided or good habits we formed during this Lenten period will begin to fade. However, it does not have to be the case.
The actions we took during lent as signs of penance can now be performed as acts of rejoicing!
The Easter season is a special time of celebration in our for the Lord is RISEN. What better way can we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ than by continuing to seek ways to pray, offer sacrifices and help others? Of course, the Easter season is not a time for fasting or penances but it is also possible for us to serve others and spend time in prayer as a way of celebrating and bringing glory to God. The resurrection of our Lord has changed the entire world and we can continue to spread that message of hope and life by carrying our Lenten dedication to the Gospel forward through the Easter Season and for the rest of our lives.
Fr. Wayne Stock is a Parochial Vicar for the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.