Lenten Reflection Series: Ready and Willing to Welcome Jesus?

Throughout the season of Lent, we’re featuring the Millennial Lenten Reflection Series, co-sponsored by Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good and Franciscan Mission Service. Each small reflection will be written by a young person, focusing on that day’s Mass reading. You can sign up for the series here.

For Christians all over the world, Lent is a season of prayer, almsgiving, penance, and repentance. In short, it is a time of preparation.

In today’s readings, we see Jesus proclaim, in a sense, his mission statement.

Jesus spoke of extending the boundaries of his mission past what the crowd had anticipated. The people of his hometown, Nazareth, wanted to see miracles done in their own backyard. I don’t blame them.These people had been waiting for the promised Messiah to come, just as generations had before them.

At some point, however, the crowd lost sight of the object of their hope. Their preparation had become warped, disconnected from reality, and we have something to learn from them.

Lent is a time to “forfeit,” a time to work on our posture of waiting in anticipation of the coming of Christ. This is why Lent is so special.

In this Lenten season, do the practices you participate in re-center you? Would you be ready and willing to welcome Jesus in his hometown?

What will your response be when Jesus meets you this Lenten season in unexpected ways?

Cassandra Kienbaum is a follower of Christ, advocate for the homeless, and the Programs Assistant at Catholic Volunteer Network.