The season Lent is meant to be a time when we prepare ourselves, through prayer and self sacrifice, for the coming of Holy Week and the Celebration of Easter. Many people take this very serious and offer themselves to this Holy work. For some of us this kind of works out like our New Years resolutions, we have good intentions, but this may be short lived. I found a story that kind of follows this line of thought.
“A comical, but illustrative, story shows us how adept we are at rationalizing our actions: A very overweight man decided that it was time to shed a few pounds. He went on a new diet and took it seriously. He even changed his usual driving route to the office in order to avoid his favorite bakery. One morning, however, he arrived at the office carrying a large, sugar-coated coffee cake. His office mates roundly chided him, but he only smiled, shrugged his shoulders and said, “What could I do? This is a very special cake. This morning, out of my forced habit, I accidentally drove by my favorite bakery. There in the window were trays of the most delicious goodies. I felt that it was no accident that I happened to pass by, so I prayed, ‘Lord, if you really want me to have one of these delicious coffee cakes, let me find a parking place in front of the bakery.’ Sure enough, on the ninth trip around the block, there it was!” Temptation is strong, but we must be stronger. We should not tempt fate and we should not rationalize our actions.”
How ever we chose to prepare ourselves for the coming of Holy Week and Easter, let us truly set our minds and hearts to find a new the great act of love that God opens for us the death and resurrection of His precious Son. Let us prepare ourselves to truly shout with all our hearts ’HE IS RISEN, HE IS RISEN INDEED!!!