Even if you can’t be there physically, you can observe the services spiritually. Granted, it’s not the same. But, it’s better than missing out entirely. Here’s how.
Between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday, we have the possibility to spiritually retrace the steps of our Lord.
We can tend to paint parents of “ideal” families as heroes, looking up to them as if they are all that we are not and as though we should feel guilty about it. Perhaps we did mess up in spots, and its normal to have regrets about that. Then we pray, surrender to Christ, and do what we can to set things right.
As you make your way along the Way of the Cross this Good Friday, stop to consider the weeping women and our Lord’s words to them.
Many take that as a foreboding, ominous message. I look at it in just the opposite. I see it as a message of great, great joy, in which Jesus is reaching out his hand to me, calling me to him and offering me the astounding chance to ask – and receive – forgiveness for my sins, to fully repent, and to change my ways before it’s too late.
The objective of Lent is to strengthen ourselves against the Tempter and to become more Christ-like. If what we’ve chosen is self-defeating or such a breeze we barely think about it, then we’re not strengthening ourselves against Satan. If we’re trudging through Lent unenthusiastically, then we’re just wasting our time.