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A THEOLOGY OF LENT

Finding a Deeper Meaning of Love

This Season of Lent, I will offer brief reflections on the theology of Lent. The reflections will be based on the readings and liturgical prayers of Lent.

The first topic in the series couldn’t be more appropriate. As Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s day this year, there is much conversation about the connection between these two significant moments. Some see the connection as contradictory in terms while others see it a great opportunity for reflection. I take the latter view. We begin the Season of Lent with the celebration of Ash Wednesday, a season that invites us to reflect more deeply on God’s love for us our love for God, for all of humanity and for God’s creation. In this sense, celebrating Ash Wednesday on Valentine’s day invites us to find a deeper meaning of love. Here, we remember that it is God who first loved us and granted us salvation through the death and resurrection of his Son, Jesus Christ.

To embrace this love, the readings and prayers of the Season invite us to practice self-denial, which is a foregoing of oneself for the good of the other. The Christian virtue of self-denial is expressed concretely through the three disciplines of Lent, which are prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

Why is this virtue with its accompanying disciplines important?

Preface III of Lent gives us some insights. In the celebration of the Mass, a Preface is the prayer that immediately precedes, and is part of, the Eucharistic Prayer, which is the prayer of thanksgiving and of invocation of the Holy Spirit upon the gift of bread and wine. According to Preface III of Lent, it is the will of God that our self-denial will do three things:

  1. Give thanks God

  2. Humble our sinful pride, and

  3. Imitate God’s kindness, as we contribute to the feeding of the poor.

Thus, in Lent we seek to embrace a specific kind of love.

  1. A love that gives thanks – to God, to friends and family, to co-workers, etc.

  2. A love that has humility as its bedrock – for only such love can overcome pride

  3. A love that reaches out to make another person’s life better, especially the poor

May we embrace this kind of love this season and always. Happy Valentine’s Day! Have a fruitful and grace-filled Lent!!