Lenten Reflection Thursday After Ash Wednesday Perseverance

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Lenten Reflection Thursday After Ash Wednesday Perseverance

If there is one pas­sage that is becom­ing more and more rel­e­vant in the mod­ern world for Chris­tians it’s this one from Matthew

Then they will hand you over to per­se­cu­tion, and they will kill you. You will be hated by all nations because of my name. And then many will be led into sin; they will betray and hate one another. Many false prophets will arise and deceive many; and because of the increase of evil­do­ing, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who per­se­veres to the end will be saved.

Matthew 24:913

It’s also speaks to the value of one of the most dear things that a Chris­t­ian can have, par­tic­u­larly at the start of lent, Perseverance.

Per­se­ver­ance is what allows us to resist the pull of the world, the temp­ta­tions of The Devil and helps to to keep those sac­ri­fi­cial res­o­lu­tions we make at the start of the Lenten sea­son all the way to Easter Sun­day (I know tech­ni­cally lent ends with the Easter Triduum but I’ve always fig­ured if you can go with­out some­thing dur­ing lent, you can go with­out it an extra three days.)

This Lenten sea­son make the grace of per­se­ver­ance a pri­or­ity in your prayers and with God’s help it will stay with you long past Easter.

In today’s world I sus­pect we’ll all need it

If there is one passage that is becoming more and more relevant in the modern world for Christians it’s this one from Matthew


Then they will hand you over to persecution, and they will kill you. You will be hated by all nations because of my name. And then many will be led into sin; they will betray and hate one another. Many false prophets will arise and deceive many; and because of the increase of evildoing, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who perseveres to the end will be saved.

Matthew 24:9-13

It’s also speaks to the value of one of the most dear things that a Christian can have, particularly at the start of lent, Perseverance.

Perseverance is what allows us to resist the pull of the world, the temptations of The Devil and helps to to keep those sacrificial resolutions we make at the start of the Lenten season all the way to Easter Sunday (I know technically lent ends with the Easter Triduum but I’ve always figured if you can go without something during lent, you can go without it an extra three days.)

This Lenten season make the grace of perseverance a priority in your prayers and with God’s help it will stay with you long past Easter.

In today’s world I suspect we’ll all need it