I don’t believe in giving anything up for Lent. Or any other day for that matter. Well unless you or someone else can convince me otherwise.
My mom was telling me in a proud voice that she gave up eating meat for the Lenten period. She is Catholic. I said to her, ”Mom, it’s really not what you eat or don’t eat for Lent. God sent his Son to die for us in the ultimate sacrifice. There’s nothing you or I could give up or sacrifice that could begin to equal this. In my opinion, God didn’t do this for us to pay him back by giving up the stuff we enjoy, even temporarily. He wants our hearts, not our food. I think that being good people and helping others is what he wants from us”.
That’s what I said to her but she was not deterred. I could be wrong but it’s the way I see it. I seriously can’t see how giving up something could trump say, helping the poor. How about for Lent, praying more earnestly? Or, adding praying for your friends and family? Sounds more effective to me than not eating meat. (I am not in any way trying to belittle or question any religion and their practices. If you subscribe to this practice, good for you. As they say, ‘to each his own’).
Yesterday, my mom ate meat. The temptation was too much I guess…Oh and for the couple of weeks she didn’t eat meat, I didn’t see any changes in her.
Love you mama! Meat eater or not.
Just my take.
- What Lent is Really About (cwoznicki.wordpress.com)
- You can’t lose, unless you give up (contemplativehomeschool.wordpress.com)
- Making Lent Real (encourageandteach.wordpress.com)
- Lead us not into temptation (fsdm.org.uk)
- What are u giving up for Lent?…. (tumietango.wordpress.com)
- Lent Heart Prayer Day 17 (mikeraburn.com)