Are you ready for Lent? This week, I thought it might be helpful to look at the 3 aspects of Lent, read some Scripture on each of them, and ask ourselves how God might be calling us to grow closer to him through them this Lenten season.
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“Our time doesn’t belong to us, it belongs to God.”
Here, we look at the passage from the first chapter of Mark:
“And in the morning, a great while before day, he rose and went out to a lonely place, and there he prayed.”Mark 1:35
Jesus’ example challenges us: How much time do we set aside to pray each day? How much time could we set aside if we focused on it a bit more and were deliberate about it? In what ways might we use busyness and distraction as an excuse for not praying more? Where can we set aside more time to pray this Lent?
Here is what Jesus says about fasting:
“When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites. They neglect their appearance, so that they may appear to others to be fasting. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not appear to others to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”Matthew 6:16-18
As we prepare for Lent, let’s ask ourselves: What do I tend to turn to for comfort instead of God? What things and pleasures in my life do I put in God’s place? Do I look to food, drink, social media, shopping, or human relationships when I should turn to God instead?
Jesus teaches us about almsgiving through this story:
“When he looked up he saw some wealthy people putting their offerings into the treasury and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins. He said, “I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest; for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.”Luke 21:1-4
Let’s ask ourselves: How and why do we give? Do we give just a little from our excess so that we never even feel it? Do we give, but expect praise and thanks for it?
In what do we place our trust, if not God? In our jobs, our bank accounts, our own skills and accomplishments? Jesus challenges us to give all, as the widow did in this story.
Some links I share for further prayer and reflection:
Litany of Trust
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