Many people were unaware of this, but I embarked on an additional Lenten discipline rather than simply giving up coffee for 40 days. I wanted to do more than just deprive myself of an every day pleasure that is supposed to help us understand Jesus’ fast through the desert during his ministry. I wanted to learn more about the meaning for this season. I wanted to know Him better.
Now, those who know me know that I am quite religious and spiritual. But I honestly know nothing about the Bible. You can try to quote any verse or reading and I cannot tell you what it refers to. I admittedly don’t even understand a lot of the traditions within the Catholic church and why the religion operates the way it does. However, the one thing I do pride myself on is the ability to listen to and comprehend spiritual concepts. I am able to find meaning behind religious teachings and apply it to my life. Doing this helps me maintain my value system and keeps my faith as strong as it does.
With that said, my Lent project, simply put, was to study each gospel reading from every Sunday during Lent and see how it relates to my everyday life. It was inspired by my cousin who is also our family priest. In addition to delivering sermons every week to his own parish, he continuously finds amazing ways to make these sermons easy for his young nieces and nephews to understand. By no means am I priest-like, but I wondered if I could somehow do something similar. I welcomed the challenged.
If you’ve read this far, I thank you for your interest. I didn’t want to publicly display this mission, as Christianity and Catholicism has faced much scrutiny lately and I didn’t want to add any unnecessary fuel to fire. This was done for me and only me, to grow and learn. However, I still wanted to provide the opportunity for anyone else in case they were interested, and I’d rather do it once than be a consistent flood to everyone’s news feeds. Below is a link to the posts I made on my private blog. For each Sunday’s gospel reading until Easter (and not including Easter), I have written an excerpt on what the Bible has taught me. Thank you for listening.