COLLECT OF THE WEEK
O God, whose glory it is to always have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. - Book of Common Prayer, p. 218
“And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matthew 6:16-18)
Why do we sacrifice for the Lord during Lent? Why do we need to be humble about it?
Giving up French Fries for Lent and posting it all over Facebook complete with a countdown, is maybe not the way to feel what Jesus was feeling in his 40 days and nights in the desert. I always choose something of personal importance, something I will miss greatly. That way I can feel like I am sacrificing something of myself. As a child my parents encouraged me to give up something that I really enjoyed. They would often tell me that I wouldn’t get the true feeling of sacrifice if I gave up something easy. What can I give up this year? What will help me feel closer to the Holy Spirit? What will you be giving up this year?