Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Ash Wednesday

Even now, says the LORD, / return to me with your whole heart, / with fasting, and weeping, and mourning. / Rend your hearts, not your garments, / and return to the LORD, your God.  / For gracious and merciful is he, / slow to anger, rich in kindness, / and relenting in punishment. 
- JOEL 2:12

"So, what are you giving up for Lent?" - this is the question that I am asked every year. For 2016, I challenged my 4th graders in religious ed with the question, "What will you give God for these 40 days?"

I was happily surprised by their answers which included daily prayer, more kindness, less fighting with parents, among many others.

I think it's more important to think about what this Lenten season means. Jesus gave up his life for us. How should we honor that? Is it going to mean more that I don't drink pop for 40 days, or is it going to be more meaningful for me to commit to praying the Rosary every night?

What do you think?