In today’s Gospel lesson, the Pharisees want to know why Jesus’ disciples don’t have to fast.
And of course, when I hear the word “fast” I immediately start thinking about Lent, and that snowballed into wondering what I will do for my Lenten discipline this year. I’m really not good at Lenten disciplines. Or fasting, for that matter. Right now, I’m leaning toward something that has to do with Ignatian Spirituality - perhaps praying the Examen every night or something along those lines. I put so much pressure on myself during Lent to do something that I think is extraordinary and make giant leaps of growth in my faith, and then I fail miserably. I always forget that the baby steps I apply to my everyday life need to apply to Lent as well (at least for me.)
I’d give up TV, except I don’t watch much to begin with. I considered, very briefly, giving up Facebook, but it really has become so integral to my faith connections that I’m not sure that would really help me grow closer to God. Maybe I should give up YouTube… but again, I use it as a resource as much as a time-waster. Hmmm.
I saw a really neat idea the other day: a man did a year of offset giving; for every dollar he spent on something non-essential for himself, he gave an equal amount to various charities. THAT might be an interesting discipline - 6 weeks of offset giving. That’s a habit that would be worth carrying forward.
The four who carried the invalid were unable to reach Jesus because of the crowd, so they began to open up the roof directly above Jesus. When they had made a hole, they lowered the mat on which the paralyzed one was lying. Mark 2:3-4
What’s getting in your way as you try to reach Jesus?
Encourage one another daily while it is still “today,” so that no one grows hardened by the deceit of sin. We have become partners in Christ, provided we maintain to the end that confidence with which we began. Hebrews 3:13-14