Someone asked me why Catholics “give something up” for Lent. I found the following explanation and really connected with it.
The message that God asked Jonah to deliver was: 40 days and Nineveh will be no more! Nineveh needed to change, God gave them forty days.
They heard the warning and they changed, actually even more quickly than forty days. Lent is our invitation to change whatever our “Ninevah” is. Whatever makes it difficult for us to be good disciples, distracts us from caring for others, helps us to avoid prayer and to deafen our ears to the cries of others for help.
The call comes to each of us. Nineveh is something unique for each of us, and yet remarkably similar for us all. God invites us to be better than we can even imagine ourselves to be. (Franciscan Chapel)
For me, Lent is a time of prayer and sacrifice. It is also a time I use to reflect on my life. How am I living? Where can I improve?
I see a new list forming as I am typing. Areas of improvement in my life…could be a long list! For now I will focus on things that cause damage to my life and try to improve those areas. I will “give things up,” and I will also do acts of service and acts of kindness.
Happy Lent! Keep Running!