The call to follow Jesus Christ in a radical and trusting way has been the norm since the first time Jesus said, “Come and See.” Men and women of every age, culture and ethnicity have heard and answered the call. It is no different in our day. It is no different in the Order of Preachers. Men continue to contact me regarding a nagging feeling they have about giving God all they have and all they will be.
You came alive spiritually at the moment of your baptism. Your parents made that decision for your spiritual well-being as they made so many other decisions for your physical, mental and spiritual well-being. That decision was confirmed by you. Lent is a time to renew what both of those moments were really all about: Developing the most important relationship in your life–even more important than a wife husband or friend–your intimate friendship with Christ. How can you develop any relationship if you don’t talk to the person on a regular basis? How can you develop a relationship with someone you don’t listen to, who may speak to us through other human voices or the intuitions of our hearts or our feelings?
As we enter this new liturgical moment we call Lent, let me share a few thoughts inspired by a conversation with my 19 year-old nephew, Alex.
I asked Alex what he was going to give up for Lent. He replied without hesitating, “Oh Uncle Andy, I don’t want to go the negative route, but do something more.”
A common and increasingly fashionable misinterpretation as we enter these forty days of Lent is that the traditional practice of “giving something up” is a negative approach. Nothing could be farther from the truth!
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