By Abi P.
‘Tis the season of penance and fasting. That doesn’t have quite the same jingle as the original Christmas song, but you get the idea.
Lent, lent, lent, lent, lent. I mean even the word makes us sigh and groan. If there’s anything most American people hate it’s having to give up the things they like.
When I was thinking about this topic today, which went something long the lines of:
“Oh my gosh it’s Lent again! Dang it, I forgot.” I felt kind of panicked. Every year I give things up, sometimes I fail miserably, sometime I do alright. But each year I kind of give myself this high and lofty ideal. “Lent is coming so I’ve got to do something good.” As if Lent was some sort of holier-than-thou race.
I mean be honest with yourself, how often do you decide to give something up because it sounds good, versus giving something up because you think God wants you too.
I’m hearing crickets in my mind.
In today’s mass readings the responsorial psalm says: “Offer to God a sacrifice of praise”.
Wow. Is it just me or does that sentence blow your mind just a bit? I mean, I feel like that sentence is a bit of a paradox. How does that even work? Usually sacrifice and praise are words on opposite sides of the spectrum, yet here they are working together. What does this mean?
Let’s take a moment and do something a bit different. Why don’t you join me in prayer right now. Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. Cross yourself.
We’re going to pray right now, at this very moment when you’re reading this, and ask God to show us what this means. And also ask him what we should give up for Lent.
So here we go.
“In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Come Holy Spirit, Jesus and God the Father, come into my heart this morning, like you do when I receive you in Holy Communion. Lord I love you, I worship you, I give you myself. All of me, to do with as you please.”
Take a minute to really think about these words, what you are asking of God. Think about what it means to give yourself as a living sacrifice to God because you love him.
“Lord I ask you humbly today, to tell me what I should give up for Lent.”
Lent is a time for humility, a time to lower ourselves before God and say we are human, He is God.
“Lord I don’t want my will. I want yours. I don’t want to take the easy road, and I don’t want to shy away from the narrow road. I want what you want. Lord give me the grace to offer you a sacrifice of praise. Lord please teach me what that means. Give me joy this lent. Amen.”
Don’t just say these words, or skim over what you’re reading. Please take time, take this to your daily prayer time. Mean the words. Really ask God what He wants of you this Lent.
You can give up eating everything but bread and water, you can give up chocolate and Facebook. But if you don’t take time to give up what God wants you to give up, then trust me, your Lent will not live up to it’s full potential.
If you want to check out the mass readings for today here’s a link: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/021615.cfm
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