We begin our second week of Lent. I already failed. I made commitments to Jesus for Lent and within the first few days I failed. The wonderful thing about Jesus is that He not only is patient with me, but He reassures me that He gives me the grace to try again.
“This is my chosen Son; listen to him.” Luke 9:35
In this coming Sunday’s Gospel reading, Jesus brings the Apostles Peter, James, and John up a mountain and they hear God say this about Him.
I hear God say this in my heart too, “Laura, listen to my Son.”
A priest friend wrote this for his parish for Lent. I’m going to print it out and tape it up on my closet door in my room, so I see it every day. I want to listen to God’s Son through these commitments for Lent.
Maybe it will help you too.
FASTING AND FEASTING
Fast from judging others Feast on their goodness
Fast from thoughts of illness Feast on God's healing
Fast from discontent Feast on gratitude
Fast from anger Feast on patience
Fast from pessimism Feast on optimism
Fast from worry Feast on divine order
Fast from bitterness Feast on forgiveness
Fast from self-concern Feast on compassion for others
Fast from discouragement Feast on hope
Fast from idle gossip Feast on purposeful silence
Fast from laziness Feast on commitment
Fast from suspicion Feast on truth
Fast from guilt Feast on the mercy of God
Fast from self-criticism Feast on being created in God's image
Fast from scarcity Feast on sufficiency
Fast from complaining Feast on kind words and thoughts
Engage in Lenten Fasting and Feasting - for New Life and Resurrection
We can shift from scarcity to sufficiency, from complaint to commitment, from envy to gratitude.
Blessings of listening to God’s Son to you this week!