“As Lent is the time for greater love, listen to Jesus’ thirst…’Repent and believe’ Jesus tells us. What are we to repent? Our indifference, our hardness of heart. What are we to believe? Jesus thirsts even now, in your heart and in the lives of the poor — He knows your weakness. He wants only your love, wants only the chance to love you.”
– Teresa of Calcutta
Lent is a time to fall in love with God.
By K. Karpen
Sure we think of Lent in lots of different ways. A time to try fasting. A time to get serious about prayer. A time to give up something we like (at least for the first few weeks!). Lent is a time to think about the life and death of Jesus. It’s a time to think about our own lives, and perhaps our own death as well.
This year I want to spend my Lent falling in love with God, all over again. Of course, to know God is to love God. But how do we get to know God?
A wise person once decided she wanted to know God. So she climbed the highest hill she could find, and she sat at the top, thinking and praying. She was up there all day. And then all the next day, and the next, and the day after that, waiting for God. A worried friend finally came looking for her.
What are you doing up here?â€ the friend asked the wise person.
I want to know God,â€ she answered. I’m just waiting for God to show up.â€
Her friend sighed, and sat, and kept her company. When evening came she gave her the bread she had brought with her. When it grew chilly she wrapped her coat around the wise person’s shoulders. She got up to leave, saying, Well, I hope you get to know God.â€
Her wise friend stood and prepared to leave with her. I think I just did,â€ she said.
I wish you a Lent of love: of knowing God in the love of other people; a Lent of falling in love with God all over again.