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
“I ate no delicacies, no meat or wine entered my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, for the full three weeks.” (Daniel 10:3)
This passage reminds me of my daily sacrifice as a mother and a mother to be! As a parent, I am always putting my child’s needs ahead of my own. I have not eaten a warm meal since my daughter was born. I have sacrificed many nights of sleep making sure my daughter was comfortable and had everything she needed. I have often rocked her to sleep while she was up screaming with an ear infection or the croup. Yet since it is for my beloved daughter, I don’t really think of it as a sacrifice, but as my duty. Is it our duty to sacrifice for our Lord? I believe it is. As an expectant mother, I have had to sacrifice most of my favorite things in order to insure my baby will be born healthy and strong. I guess pregnancy is a ten-month Lenten period! I have given up caffeine, wine, lunch-meats and sushi, so far. Those are a few of my favorite things. Again, I do not view it as sacrifice, but as my duty to my unborn baby. What is our duty to our Lord during Lent? Why do we only sacrifice during one part of the year? Shouldn’t we do it year round? Isn’t that our responsibility as disciples?