Reflections on the Daily Readings
from the Perspective of Creighton Students
February 15th, 2013
Bio | Email: SaraFrancesconi@creighton.edu
Today’s readings focus on fasting, a topic which is quite applicable to the season of Lent which we have just begun. I’ve been reflecting back to years past, and the various ways I fasted as a child for Lent: the year my entire family gave up sweets (we certainly looked forward to “cheat days” on Sundays!), the year my sister and I gave up watching TV, the year I didn’t have any snacks after dinner, etc. I remember reminding myself: “Okay, whenever you want (to eat sweets, to watch a show, etc.), don’t complain! Just remember why you’re fasting!” As the years went on, however, I realized that these methods of fasting simply weren’t enriching my faith – I’d be feeling grumpy and sneaking handfuls of chocolate chips!
What a beautiful season it would be if each and every one of us committed to this call. During the season of Lent, we are preparing for Easter; although the season is often seen as somber, I prefer to reflect on Jesus’ life. Jesus lived in a way which reflected the reading from Isaiah; he worked for justice, took care of the oppressed, and shared bread with many. I hope that this season of Lent will be a season focusing on all that Jesus is and calls us to be. Let’s make this a season not of simply giving up out of tradition – let us rather focus on simply giving and living the call.
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