Lent Begins

Happy Lent! Doesn’t that sound a bit oxymoronic? I mean, we’re not supposed to be happy during Lent, right? Wrong! Lots of people think that Lent is a time when we walk around in sackcloth and ashes. Let’s make sure we all put on a dour face and let everyone know how difficult our fasting is. Oh, woe is me! I haven’t had chocolate in five days now! I think I’m gonna go crazy! Jesus says otherwise.

In today’s Gospel reading from Matthew 6, Jesus tells us how we are to conduct ourselves during Lent. Make sure to read it. Better yet, make sure that you get to Mass today! You know, today is one of the two most popular days at Catholic parishes. The other is Palm Sunday. Do you know why? Because those are the two days that they give something away! Ashes today and palm fronds on Palm Sunday. Everybody join in!

Today is a day of fast and abstinence. Here’s the deal…if you are physically able, you may only have one meal today. You may have two smaller meals, the sum of which should not be larger than your main meal. Oh, and no meat today. Why does the Church require these things of us? I mean, doesn’t this seem rather archaic? Our goal is this: every time we feel a hunger pang, we turn our hearts to God and ask for His help to get through. We unite our suffering (albeit small) with that of Christ. And we feel a sense of unity with those who are truly hungry. So, I hope your Lenten practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving will go well for you, and that this Lent, you draw closer to God than you ever thought possible.

Father, you know that we cannot truly practice our faith without your grace. Help us to be faithful to our Lenten practices and draw ever closer to You during this season of grace. Amen.

Today’s Readings

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4 thoughts on “Lent Begins

  1. Glenn.Lego

    How do we do Lent if we are not physically able to avoid eating three full meals per day? Such as people with hypoglycemia or diabetes. I tried to go without one meal and I about keeled over because my blood sugar went to the “basement”

  2. Gus

    If you have a serious medical reason why you cannot fast, then you are not bound to the fast. Sounds to me like you fall into that category. Perhaps you can tackle some other type of penitential act.

  3. Glenn.Lego

    I seem to be “addicted” to feelings of pessimism and hopelessness.  I’ll work on those for Lent! You said on your show it is best to make what you are hoping to do public so someone can hold you accountable.  So: Done!


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