And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his garments became white as light.Matthew 17:2
What comes to mind when you hear the word Lent? Does it imply a somber season of mourning and penance? Maybe you adopt a gloomy demeanor during this season. You might gravitate towards wearing black, fiercely discipline yourself to fast and pray, and avoid anything that brings you joy.
I tried to approach Lent in this way, and it’s draining.
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Lent isn’t particularly enjoyable, and it’s important to recognize the solemnity of this season, but we can only be so mournful about it. If we allow ourselves to be too somber throughout Lent, we forsake the beauty of it. Lent is a season of spiritual renewal, which means that Lent gives us the opportunity to deepen our faith and grow closer to God in a radical way. We should rejoice in the opportunities to pray, fast, and give alms because these acts help us grow in holiness and give us the genuine joy that only Christ can give.
Today, on the second Sunday of Lent, we hear about the Transfiguration in the Gospel reading. It reminds us not only of Christ’s divinity, but of how we can be transfigured in him. When we approach Lent joyfully, we allow the Lord to transfigure us. As you pray, fast, and give alms, remember that these will make you holy and transfigure you. I take opportunities to grow in holiness joyfully and with excitement because I know that they’ll make me more like Christ. As we continue our journey through Lent, join me in asking the Lord to transfigure us so that we can become more like him through our Lenten sacrifices.