Isn’t Lent a time to transform yourself into a person closer to the Lord?
If so, why is it so difficult to come up with a suitable plan?
Maybe I don’t need a plan?
Oh, that IS tempting!
God loves me just as I am, so why push myself into the possible tortures of 40 days of doing or being anything other than what I am now?
Hmmm…I think I’ve tried that plan before and look where I am now!
Okay, yes, there must be a plan.
BUT, dear Lord, please help me not to create a list of oh so holy activities,
that deep down I know will press me into becoming the least joyful Catholic of the year!
BUT I know it must push me to just beyond my believable limits, but not so far that I find myself bruised and discouraged with my failure at the end.
So, here I stand in awkward humility asking you to be with me…
When I am standing in front of the pantry, so “hungry” for a treat.
When I have an opportunity to feed someone truly hungry.
When I want to send the reactive email touting my much better ideas.
When I’m in a hurry faced with someone that needs my help and time.
When our forget my child is NOT an adult and my frustration is rising.
When I forget my adult children’s lives are not mine to live.
When my spouse disappoints me…one more time.
When I disappoint my spouse…one more time.
When there is something impossible…in my eyes.
When I’ve made my Lenten promise and it’s just too hard.
When I can’t see the benefits of my faithful promise.
I have 3 pillars to lean on
Give me the grace to choose one simple action in each area
A simple, freeing, grace-filled action that will magnetically draw me to your heart
Forty days…you have done this Lord
When you were with us here
May I stay with you?
Can I stay with you?
4 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. 3 The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4 But he answered, “It is written,
‘One does not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written,
‘He will command his angels concerning you,’
and ‘On their hands they will bear you up,
so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’”
7 Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor; 9 and he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” 10 Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! for it is written,
‘Worship the Lord your God,
and serve only him.’”
11 Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.
May the angels be with us on our Lenten journey.