“…Lent is the favorable season for renewing our encounter with Christ, living in his word, in the sacraments and in our neighbor.” (from n. 3)
My Baptism into Christ and His Church must be fulfilled by means of my encounter with Jesus. This encounter must be intensely personal and tangible. I need to constantly nurture the intimacy of my encounter with Jesus, plunging into deep communion with Him. My encounter with Jesus will lead me to an ever increasing longing to be in His presence and eternally see His Face in the Beatific Vision. It will lead me to deeply heartfelt expressions of self-giving love directed to Him. Yes, my encounter with Jesus must be rooted deep within my heart, occasionally springing forth in spontaneous prayer and expressive praise. The depth of my encounter with Jesus becomes evident by the level of
- sorrow that overwhelms me when I see someone receiving Holy Communion irreverently
- repulsion and sadness that wracks my heart when I hear someone using the holy name of Jesus inappropriately
- pity I feel when someone expresses their unbelief in the divinity and power of Jesus
- disappointment I experience when parish life is more concerned with fund-raising than with reaching out through active evangelization with a message of joy and hope to the local unbelievers by boldly proclaiming the Lordship of Jesus
My personal encounter with Jesus is prerequisite to my being able to see His Face in others and serve them. This Prayer of Commitment will remind you to live your encounter with Jesus.
Father, rich in mercy, I cling to you in love (cf Psalm 91:14). I truly desire to engage in an ardent, life-transforming observance of Lent. Fill me with the power of your Holy Spirit, and bestow upon me the grace to be able to love others as you love me, and to make a gift of myself to them as you inspire me. I ask this through our Lord, Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.