We enter this Lenten season in a period of geopolitical uncertainty. Our sinful nature causes us to fight against one another and to seek the desires of the world—of power and control. But, we are reminded that our focus must be on spiritual things “for the flesh lusteth against the spirit: and the spirit against the flesh; for these are contrary one to another: so that you do not the things that you would” (Gal. 5:7).
During this holy season, let us reflect on our true mission to serve Our Lord Jesus Christ and one another. We must ask forgiveness from those we have wronged, and we must promote peace in our lives. More than ever we need the peace of Christ to permeate our very being. It is this peace, not any offered by the world, which will give us insight and wisdom into the holy will of God.
Only then, when we seek spiritual things and peace, will we change our world. St. Seraphim of Sarov said “acquire the spirit of peace and thousands around you may be saved.” May that be our end goal during this Lent and throughout our earthly lives.
“The peace of God, which surpasseth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil.4:7).
Wishing God’s blessing upon you,