Thirty-Fifth Day of Lenten Reflection: "You shall be my witnesses"

On this thirty-fifth day of Lenten reflection, we contemplate a significant call from Jesus to His disciples in Acts 1:8, "You shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." This mandate, given just before His ascension, sets a profound expectation for believers, one that resonates deeply during Lent and beyond.

The concept of being a witness for Christ is central to the Christian faith. To be a witness is to testify or give evidence. In the context of our faith, it means to live our lives in such a way that we bear evidence to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a call to embody the Gospel in our words, actions, and character.

Lent is a season that prepares us for the great commission of Easter. It is a time when we reflect deeply on the sacrifice of Jesus and the transformative power of His resurrection. This period of reflection and penitence is not only about personal spiritual growth but also about preparing ourselves to be effective witnesses of Christ's love and salvation to the world.

Being Christ’s witness involves more than just verbal proclamation of the Gospel; it is about demonstrating the love, grace, and truth of Jesus in our daily lives. It is being compassionate to those in need, forgiving to those who have wronged us, and loving to all, including our enemies. It is about living with integrity, humility, and joy that is rooted in our relationship with Christ.

Moreover, the call to be witnesses "to the ends of the earth" underscores the universal scope of our mission. We are called to share the message of Christ not only within our familiar circles — our "Jerusalem" — but also beyond our comfort zones, in our broader communities and throughout the world. It is a reminder that the Gospel is for everyone, regardless of culture, nationality, or background.

As we continue through Lent, let us embrace this call to be Christ's witnesses. May this season of preparation empower us to live out our faith boldly and lovingly. Let us pray for opportunities to share the hope we have in Christ and for the courage to seize these opportunities. In our journey towards Easter, may our lives reflect the light of Christ, drawing others to the hope and salvation found in Him.

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