Yes, I said “Happy Lent” and it is quite appropriate – this is not a dismal season of suffering because we are giving up things we enjoy or doing things we don’t really like as a sacrifice. We are preparing to celebrate His death and resurrection, we are offering thanks for His selfless act….He died and was raised for us! The very least we can do is give up soda or chocolate for a little while.
Having said that, now…..what are your plans for Lent this year? I love Diet Pepsi…seriously, it’s my favorite beverage – yep, even more so than coffee…I used to be able to get through a whole 2 liter bottle of DP every day….and I gave it up for Lent about 4 years ago because I knew I would really miss it. Really. And I did. But by the end of the 40 Days it seemed like such a small sacrifice – especially compared to His!! And to this day, I’ve never gotten back to drinking it – or any soda – like I used to. Now, it’s like a treat and I might have about 12 oz. a week.
As I’m sure you are all aware, I’m struggling with some demons right now. ::snicker:: Spiritually and (outward) physically so I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do as far as my personal sacrifice….but since I’m battling on both fronts, I decided to get out the big guns right away. I will be fasting for the duration…what that boils down to is one regular meal each weekday and two small meals each day on the weekend. No, I am not giving up coffee….it aids me in my physical battle. I’ve also picked up on a habit I’d lost recently and am praying the Rosary daily. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s a trick to find private quiet time to pray the Rosary but I’ve discovered that breaking it up throughout the day makes it do-able…even for me!
Remember…”sacrifice” is not a dirty word. And you’d be surprised at the good that comes from every little thing you offer up….whether it be something as simple as giving up soda because you love it….or helping out at a soup kitchen “just for Lent” and still being there when Thanksgiving rolls around 😉 Do everything you do with a little prayer in your heart. Do not be resentful….seriously, He DIED so that you may have eternal life – isn’t that worth a little effort on your part for a few weeks?
-Peace and Happy Lent to you all 🙂
“Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, to be tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and when they were over he was hungry.
The devil said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.’
Jesus answered him, ‘It is written, One does not live on bread alone.’
Then he took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a single instant.
The devil said to him, ‘I shall give to you all this power and glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I may give it to whomever I wish. All this will be yours, if you worship me.’
Jesus said to him in reply, ‘It is written: You shall worship the Lord, your God, and him alone shall you serve.‘
Then he led him to Jerusalem, made him stand on the parapet of the temple, and said to him,
‘If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written: He will command his angels concerning you, to guard you, and: With their hands they will support you, lest you dash your foot against a stone.‘
Jesus said to him in reply, ‘It also says, You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.‘
When the devil had finished every temptation, he departed from him for a time.” –Lk 4:1-13