Friday, February 15, 2013

Just for Once, Let it Be About Jesus Christ

Thou wast fasting in the wild;
Forty days and forty nights
Tempted, and yet undefiled.

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So we have entered Lent in the Christian calendar, a season of reflection and for some self-denial; the forty-day period preceding the Resurrection. Different Christian traditions follow different practices. There are some that do not observe it in any way. To those who observe it, I suggest that it be about Jesus Christ and not about us.

The thing with Lent is that it can become another occasion to put ourselves at the center as we think and/or talk about giving up things for Lent, fasting, and other observances. It can become an opportunity to show off our spirituality and/or our concern for the less fortunate.

None of these practices is wrong - fasting, denial, concern and action on behalf of those in various types of need. The danger is that in doing these things, Lent becomes about us and we lose the opportunity to reflect on our life in the light of the life of Jesus Christ.

This Lent, let us keep our gaze on Jesus Christ, see how we stack up against him, hear his words of grace and mercy and be led by Jesus Christ into deeper ways of seeking and living with and for God. This Lent, let us encourage the youths with whom God has entrusted us to do likewise and may we all "receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16)."
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