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Lent is almost over, but there is still always time to say your prayers and to tell Jesus how sorry you are for things that you have done which may have hurt Him.
We will soon be entering into Holy Week. You can follow this using the links on the left. Try to think of Jesus during this week. Thank Him for all He has done for you, and when Easter Sunday arrives, celebrate with joy in our Church that the Lord is indeed risen.
THE PRODIGAL SON
The Gospel in the fourth week of Lent is about the prodigal son. Jesus told this parable to explain to us that God is our merciful and loving Father. When we do something wrong, God will forgive us as long as we are truly sorry for what we have done and ask Him for His forgiveness. He does this because He loves us very much.
It is good to remember to thank God for all he does for us and especially for loving us so unconditionally. We should try and love Him very much too. We can do this by listening to what Jesus teaches us and following His example.
SECOND WEEK OF LENT
The Gospel on the second Sunday of Lent tells us that Jesus goes up a mountain with Peter, James and John to pray. While he is there a great change comes over him. His face was changed and his clothes became sparkling white. How do you think the disciples felt when they saw this? Then a voice came from the clouds saying, “This is my Son, the Chosen One. Listen to him.”
Whose voice do you think this is? How do you think the disciples felt after hearing God speak directly to them? How would you feel if you had been on the mountain with Jesus when all this happened?
Jesus is changed. And everything changes for the disciples too. After all they now know that Jesus really is the Son of God. Lent is a time when we try to make a change to our lives too. We try to live the way God wants us to. If we listen to Jesus and spend time with God in our lives then we too can be changed for the better. How do you think we can best listen to Jesus?
God asks us to be kind and generous to others and to treat them as we would like to be treated. Do you think you could listen to God a bit more this Lent? What will you do in order to listen more to God? What will you do to try and live more as God wants us to?
By living as God asks us to, you can also change the lives of other people and help them when you can. You can pray to Jesus to ask for help to do this.
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ASH WEDNESDAY EXPLAINED
This year, Ash Wednesday is on 6th March.
On this day, the priest will bless the ashes and then bless us by dipping his thumb into ashes (collected from burnt palms of the previous year’s Palm Sunday), and marking the forehead of each of us with the sign of the cross, saying the words, "Remember that you are dust and to dust you will return" or “Repent and believe in the Gospel.”
By marking the sign of the cross with ashes on our foreheads, we are invited to understand that we have sinned, and to be sorry of our sins and return to our loving and forgiving God.
Lent lasts for 40 days because that’s how long Jesus wandered in the desert, fasting, while he resisted Satan’s temptations. During the forty days of Lent, we all have a chance to be like Jesus. We can do this by trying to resist temptations and use this time to become closer to God.
Lent is a time of preparation for Easter, the Christian holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We think of the forty days of Lent as an opportunity to change ourdaily lives and become closer to God.
What you can do
Try to focus on Jesus' love for you and what he has done for you.
Try to do at least one act of kindness every day, because this is what Jesus would do.
Be thankful to Jesus for all the blessings you have - for example, your family, friends, a home, your school and your teachers.
Set aside a quiet time each day when you can pray to Jesus, tell him how sorry you are for anything you have done wrong, ask him to forgive you and thank him for forgiving you and loving you.