As we culminate another Lenten season let us reflect. Whether you gave up meat, chocolate or technology take the time to remember from where you came in an effort to see your future. For 40 days like Jesus in the wilderness, you sacrificed for a reason. Look onward with rejoicing and faith that your sacrifice was not in vain.
Reflect on your renewed sense of well-being. Reflect on the change that will occur. Reflect on the righteousness of the heavenly father. He brought you to this place, this day, this moment to remember him and all of his sacrifices and the small opportunity we were able to partake in during Lent.
What a blessed joy to have the occasion to experience the goodness of Jesus. He died on the cross for us. Even before we were born Jesus knew us. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV). He knew us when we went down a path less than pleasing to him. Yet Jesus loved us with agape love. His love is not built on pretense of what we can do for him but rather what he can do for us.
For some it’s not always easy to stay focused on Jesus but hopefully this joyous time of the year will resonate peace in your soul. We are the true witness of Jesus’ holiness. He rose for us on the third day and with resounding wisdom, he prepared witnesses to share his life story with us. Now, we have the victory. “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” I Corinthians 15:55-57 (NIV). What a blessed hope we have in Jesus. God made us worthy so walk in the Favor of God (F.O.G.) and remember Jesus is Over You (J.O.Y.)!
Patricia Birch serves as Assistant Director of Residential Life at Boston College.