This Lenten season, members of the Boston College community will offer weekly reflections to help you prepare for Easter.
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“If we witness [the resurrection] with the eyes of the heart, then Christ’s great joy, zeal, and exhilaration will have an effect upon us. Each day we are invited to be glad and rejoice intensely—this grace is within you, and you may claim it at any time. May the Easter promise in which we only now dare to hope fill us with conviction and anticipation. A very happy Easter to all of you from your friends here at Boston College.”
“Whenever we open-heartedly welcome a newcomer, I think God cheers for us with the same excitement that the town of Jerusalem had when Jesus came. He wants our world to greet each visitor with intentionality, hospitality, and more kindness than necessary. It’s in interactions like these that we remind each other of our inherent belovedness and walk each other home.”
“In many ways, Lazarus represents all of us. Jesus cries out in a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ and we are freed. No matter how far from God we may think we are, no matter how far we have fallen, no matter how irredeemable we may feel, the call of Jesus can bring us back to life.”
“He wants to walk with us, even in our hesitancy, to heal us so that we can be the people He created us to be. May we have the courage to free ourselves from our weaknesses and allow God to pour His strength into us as we continue our Lenten journey.”
“This memory reminds me that even though love doesn’t always cure, it cares. In this Lenten season, Jenny inspires me to have hope and find glimpses of light in the darkness, because even the smallest sign of love can change the world.”
“This tangible manifestation of Jesus’s glory is a reminder to all of us that despite the struggles of our lives—our stresses, tribulations, and limitations—we can look forward to a great and beautiful life in God’s love.”
“The goal of Lent is to be honest with God in prayer about how I am doing and making time to ask the hard questions that I wrestle with in my faith. Give yourself the time and space to ponder what God is calling you to root out in your life—beyond just ditching the chocolate.”
“This is why we ‘give up’ things during the season of Lent: not to show how tough we are or how long we can endure, but to imitate Jesus so that we, too, can be single-hearted in our focus upon receiving the divine love we need here on Earth in order to be with God in Heaven.”