As we continue through the Lenten season, we look back today at On the Road's musings on Lent from February 2010. As he asks, how committed are you to the Lenten fast? Two weeks into Lent, how are we getting on?
I have been reflecting on the upcoming Lenten season, my 2nd as a Catholic. I love the journey the Church takes us on leading up to Easter. Culminating in the Easter mass, it is a real time to draw closer to Christ and remember His journey and suffering.
Growing up, when the liturgical season bared little relevance to the nature of the church service, Lent was not much different to every other part of the year, except the pastor was adamant on dressing up the church in purple. Every 2nd or 3rd Lent I would be forced to give up something trivial by my parents, and of course I made out like it was the biggest deal in the world.
This year, I hope to really give myself in the Lenten fast. It is something I have never taken very seriously, but I have realised that it is a great opportunity to unite myself more fully to Christ and His suffering. I have learned recently that we are not called just to 'give something up' and then yearn for Easter so we can have it back. We are called to a true fast, one which daily we are impacted in such a way that we remember who made the ultimate sacrifice for us and that we are to remain masters of our own desires. Fasting does not merely mean giving something up either – but adding virtue everyday. So, in the same manner, we have the opportunity to 'add' something to our day – such as going to weekday mass or volunteering or giving extra for a certain cause.
So how committed are you to the Lenten fast? What are the ways in which you draw closer to Christ during this time of year? While I have chosen what I will be abstaining from (God help me on this one), I would be keen to hear how others give of themselves during this season.