OUR THEME FOR LENT 2024 - CREATE IN ME, O GOD
For the past few years, we have chosen a theme in our parishes during the Lenten Season to help us center our spiritual focus and prayer, seeking renewal in many aspects of our faith lives. Lent is more than a catchy name given to the weeks leading up to Easter. Rather, it is a period of 40 days we should take seriously as a time to grow and reflect on how we can improve ourselves as disciples of Christ.
This year, we have chosen “Create in Me, O God” as our theme. These words are inspired by Psalm 51, one of the Penitential Psalms, which asks the Lord to clean sin and impurity to make ourselves true and pure servants, ready in mind and heart, to follow Christ and His teachings. By his Passion and Crucifixion, Christ will die to sin to live eternally for us, and bring us with Him into unending paradise. We cannot be made ready for this reward if we do not, ourselves, choose to die to sin and follow closely His path.
Each week, we will ask God, to “Create in Us” loving and clean hearts, fervent spirits, and a longing to abide by God’s will in order to attain His kingdom. We cannot expect to experience the joy of Easter fully, and its true reality in our lives, if we do not first give ourselves fully to the true Lenten Journey.