Lagos, 20 February, 2021 / 4:47 pm (ACI Africa).
The Lenten Season, which starts with Ash Wednesday, is an invitation to draw closer to righteousness and to find comfort in God in the face of adversity, a Catholic Archbishop in Nigeria has said.
In his message on Ash Wednesday, February 17, Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins of Nigeria’s Lagos Archdiocese says that the season of Lent also provides an opportunity for the people of God to prepare themselves for the joy that comes with Easter.
“Like soldiers worn out by raging battle, the season of Lent is an opportunity for us to do the three ‘R’s’, that is, retreat, re-examine, and renew our inner selves so as to prepare adequately for the joy that comes from the victory of Easter,” Archbishop Adewale says in the video message.
He adds, “We may have been battered by sin, tossed around by the popular culture of our time, humiliated by the harsh economic realities, seduced by the inordinate greed for material things, harassed by the insecurity in our land. Perhaps as a result of this, we are at the verge of giving up on God’s readiness to take control.”
“Beginning today, dear brothers and sisters, let us draw closer to Jesus as He wishes to draw closer to us and renew our confidence in His mercy and compassion,” the Nigerian Archbishop says.