At its heart, our Lenten journey must be one of Spirit-created repentance. During Lent it is good for us to examine our lives to discover attitudes, practices, and habits that are out of sync with our new baptismal lives. The readings for the Third Sunday in Lent deliver God’s gracious and patient invitation to us: turn from sin and live.
Lent is the season of preparation for Easter. The purpose of Lent is not to dwell on the sufferings of our Savior, but rather to prepare ourselves for a celebration of his resurrection. Lent is a time for repentance and prayer and for renewal of our Baptisms.
In China, new religious laws have made it a lot harder for Christians to gather. There is now a list of nine Chinese government rules that are being strictly enforced for all registered, legal churches.