Today is Ash Wednesday and I thought of sharing with you a reflection read during our office community prayers this morning (Thanks to Ces!). It is from newasymptotes.blogspot.com. Personally, I think this is a good reflection to set the tone for my Lenten journey.
Funny how we find it heroic and admirable when one disciplines his body in order to be a good athlete or a good warrior and yet we find it absurd when we’re told that we have to discipline our body in order to be a good Christian.
Funny how we find it right and just that a person pays for his offenses and yet we find it crazy when we’re told we have to atone for our offenses against God.
Funny how we find it romantic and poetic when a human lover suffers with and for the sake of his Beloved and yet we find it stupid when we’re told that we have to suffer with Christ.
Suffering is present in all three cases mentioned above; but suffering is not what is sought, but dominion, atonement, union.
Dominion over our passions, atonement for our sins and union with Christ: these are some reasons why the Church prescribes self-denial most especially during the seasons of Lent and Advent.
The actual post, Lent and Self-denial, has footnotes in it and some links to resources that could further enrich our meaning of Lent. A newer post, Abstinence and Fasting During Lent, is likewise enriching.
As a parting thought, I would like to repost (yet again) a text message from Babs, which she sent to me after lunch today.
Kung ang bata sa lansangan na walang makain at walang magandang tinutulugan ay kayang ngumiti…
Sino ka para sumimangot?!
Have a blessed and meaningful Lenten season!