I was recently invited by the Federal Government to do a ‘65 year’ life check. Yes, I am that old. Basically, this was an online questionnaire covering four categories: Finance, Work, Health, Social Life. The aim was to identify any problems, give advice and, hopefully, initiate positive changes before one gets too old.
Lent begins next week, and that too is an invitation to do a ‘life check’. Traditionally the three areas we are invited to consider are prayer, fasting and almsgiving. So how could we check these is our lives?
Prayer: How is my relationship with God going? As with, all relationships there is always room for improvement. Do I give God a chance to guide me in daily events? Do I take time to ‘be’ in God’s presence? Do I consider the ‘bigger picture’ of my life?
Fasting: What do I need to do to improve my life? Where have I allowed self-indulgence to undermine the person that God wants me to be? What disciplines do I need to grow as a loving person?
Almsgiving: This is compassion is practice. How do I show practical love to the people with whom I live? How do I show compassion within my community? What is my social life like? Do I only mix with like-minded people or do I mix with people who might challenge me?
I did well on the Government’s life check. How well on the Lenten check? I don’t know, but the 40 days of Lent will be an opportunity to allow God to transform my life.
Loving God, let me enter into the Spirit of Lent and use these days to grow in love of you, my family and community and myself. I ask this in Jesus’ name confident that you will hear me.
Sr Kym Harris osb