Friday, February 25, 2011

Longing for Lent

Is it wrong to say that I look forward to Lent each year?  Some years it sneaks up, seemingly just after Christmas.  This year, it is well into March.  It feels like there is something missing in these late February days.  And it is Lent.  

This year, I want so badly to be able to go to mass every day for Lent.  But I don't see how I can logistically do this.  I guess if I really wanted to badly enough, I would find a way.  

Maybe I should pray for the willingness to do something pleasing to God this Lent.


  1. I agree. I've had the same longing. I keep looking at the calendar for Ash Wednesday.

  2. Me too! And I think I have already eaten my share of Fat Tuesday-like goodies! It's been more like Fat February. :P
    THAT said, MC, I made a soft custard last night and I thought of you and your lemon curd. How did everybody like it? It looked beautiful :) My custard didn't want to thicken up very well, so I froze it and now...uh oh, it's delicious! More fat you know who.
    All silliness aside, at least for a sentence or two, I LOVE Lent. To me, it is one of the most grace-filled times of the year!

  3. I was watching a lesson in American Sign Language today from the Book of John, Chapter 8.
    (These ASL lessons are beautiful to watch, as scripture is "signed". They are on DEAF Video.TV)

    This post reminded me of that, and I thought I would share it with you, especially verse 29 about being pleasing to the Father:

    Dispute Over Who Jesus Is

    Once more Jesus said to them, “I am going away, and you will look for me, and you will die in your sin. Where I go, you cannot come.”

    This made the Jews ask, “Will he kill himself? Is that why he says, ‘Where I go, you cannot come’?”

    But he continued, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins.”

    “Who are you?” they asked.

    “Just what I have been telling you from the beginning,” Jesus replied.
    “I have much to say in judgment of you. But he who sent me is trustworthy, and what I have heard from him I tell the world.”

    They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father. So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me.

    The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I ALWAYS DO WHAT PLEASES HIM.”
    Even as he spoke, many believed in him.

    Use your Lent as Christ used ALL of His time as He states above:
    "I always do what pleases Him (the Father)"

    May your Lent be meaningful, to you, to others, to Our Father.

  4. Well, on the traditional calendar, this is the lead-up to Lent where we begin not only to think of what we'll do but we start to "warm up" by performing smaller acts of sacrifice or devotion. So you could ease some of that longing by getting a bit of a head start, if you want.

  5. Thanks. Joyce, I checked this before I left work and after reading what you wrote, I thought it would be relatively easy for me to go to mass on my way home from work - so I skedaddled out of there and got to mass! What a great way to end a work week!

  6. Oh, and Kelly, the lemon curd was awesome! There is a whole story about that tart, but too big for a comment box.. maybe later.