Getting ready for Lent might seem like a strange title for an article. After all, Lent is a season of preparation, a time of seeking conversion. In Lent, we work to open our hearts to God.
So, what do we need to do to get ready for Lent if it is supposed to be a season of preparation?
Each Lent, we are called to make a sacrifice for the season. We generally give up something we like for Lent and then, after Easter, resume our normal practice. An example might be giving up our favorite food. Giving up our favorite things is a good thing. It says that our relationship with God is more important than our favorite thing (Jesus says in this Sunday’s reading, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness”).
We can also make another type of sacrifice. We can actually do something extra to deepen our relationship with God. The sacrifice here is saying we are willing to make (more) time for God in our lives. An example of this is people who don’t come to daily Mass on a regular basis but make a point to during Lent.
We could also do something during Lent to help other people. We might volunteer at a community kitchen or a hospital. By caring for others you can show that you hear Jesus’ commandment to love your neighbor.
So, to get ready for Lent think about what sacrifice you will make.