The world and our culture pressure us to lower the bar and settle for mediocrity. However, Jesus didn’t found the Church for her members to simply comply with the culture or form mediocre disciples.

Christ and his Church have standards. The Gospel is not easy.

Lent summons us, for 40 days, to raise the bar in the spiritual life. We are pushed to strive for excellence. By the grace of God, during these 40 days, we can raise the bar.

Hopefully, we realize that there is room for change in our lives. We know God wants us to change. But, do we want to change? Do we acknowledge that we need to change and grow in holiness?

Lent 2023, Jesus is calling us to raise the bar and not settle for mediocrity.