On Ash Wednesday, Feb. 13, we will begin our 40-day Lenten journey -- not counting Sundays -- to the day we commemorate the single most transformative events in human history: the Resurrection of Jesus.
As a child, Lent was always a time of “giving up.”
“What are you giving up for Lent?” we’d ask each other. Often, it would be a favorite candy, or candy altogether. Some young adults would vow to give up beer.
Why do we view this time as a season of “giving up”? Sure, we’re encouraged to give up things that impede a good relationship with God -- bad habits, addictions, behaviors, or unhealthy things. But why not view it as a season of “giving in”?
Lent is a season of miracles, culminating in God’s greatest miracle. Other cultures had gods, even boasted of human/divine beings. Jesus, Son of God and Son of Man, was not a new concept. What God the Father did through Jesus His Son is new -- restored His earthly body and soul to full life. A miracle.
This Lent, don’t just “give up” things, like habits, behaviors, or foods. Give in to God -- believe in His miracles, His power to transform your heart, your life, your soul!
Give in to His love.
Give in to His grace.
Give in to His beauty.
Give in to His peace.
Give in to His call to change your life.
We believe in the God who works miracles, who walks on water, who raised Lazarus from the dead.
If we are truly Easter people, believing in Christ’s Resurrection -- and we must, if we are true Christians -- then we can believe He will work miracles in our lives.
During these next 40 days, don’t give up.
Give in to God!
Masses at St. Ann Catholic Church are 5:30 p.m. Saturdays, and Sundays at 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., noon (Spanish), and 5:30 p.m. Visit www.stannslv.org for more information.