It’s not easy to walk in the Lord’s footsteps. It never was in the past and it never will be in the future. The winds of sin can blow me off course and, without even realizing it, I can sail in a direction contrary to my baptismal commitment. I thought about this yesterday as I baptized my new grandson in Arizona.
The church’s earliest tradition is for celebrating the sacrament of reconciliation by centering on baptism and my own personal conversion. This requires deep reflection on my part and much longer preparation.
Lent is the time when I do this. Lent is a time of conversion. It starts on Ash Wednesday with the words, “Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.” It ends on Easter Sunday when I reach into the baptismal water and renew my “yes” to the Lord.
DeColores, Deacon Doug