Lent is About to Begin...

02-11-2018Catholic ThoughtsDavid Lins

Lent is about to begin and I’ve always had an issue with it. My birthday is March 28th and as a child, it was hard to celebrate your big day when it usually fell during Holy Week. On top of that, I always tried to be a kid who smiled often and laughed with ease. This disposition seemed to fly in the face of Lent, which I saw as a holiday season for the solemn, down-trodden, and curmudgeonly.

All these years later...and I still struggle with it. (My birthday falls two days before Good Friday - yippee!) Here is what I need to get through my thick skull: Lent is a time of rededicating our lives to Christ...and that is a beautiful thing.

It should be a time for us all to live out this weekend’s Second Reading taken from 1st Corinthians 10:31-11:1, “Brothers and sisters, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God. Avoid giving offense, whether to the Jews or Greeks or the church of God, just as I try to please everyone in every way, not seeking my own benefit but that of the many, that they may be saved. Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.”

Do whatever you do for the glory of God at home and at work. Allow me to quote two amazing Catholics:

Regarding the home, I give you St. John Paul the Great. “There is no place for selfishness - and no place for fear! Do not be afraid, then, when love makes demands. Do not be afraid when love requires sacrifice.” Make your home a place where love is shown through constant and enthusiastic sacrifice. Regarding the workplace, I give you St. (in Wisconsin) Vince Lombardi the Great. “Morally, the life of the organization must be of exemplary nature. This is one phase where the organization must not have criticism.” Make your workplace an environment where honor is upheld and deceit is not welcome.

I promise you, if we all commit to doing everything we do for the glory of God, this Lent will be one worth celebrating.

Questions? Comments? Email David at dlins@oloj.org