Do We Really Need To Give Up Something For Lent?

A post entitled, What Are You Giving Up for Lent? inspired me to write this entry. For 10 years or so, I have been joining the Catholic community in the tradition of offering a Lenten sacrifice. I say 10 years because I really did not care much about Lent when I was in my younger years, although my mother never failed to remind me of its importance. However, over the years, I realized how wonderful the season of Lent is for a struggling Catholic like me.

Lent is a season of conversion–a season to reflect on our short-comings, acknowledge the ways we have turned away from God, and focus on strengthening our relationship with Him. The season affords the blessing of spiritual renewal–a time to renew our commitment to our Christian faith.

I believe the act of giving up something during Lent plays a very huge role in renewing our commitment to Christ. Through it, we do what Jesus himself said in Luke 9:23: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”