Most of us are familiar with the adage, “you are what you eat.” Often, that phrase is used by those explaining their decision to change or modify their diets and to pay close attention healthy eating. Other phrases, such as, “your body is a temple of the Lord,” convey the same type of message — encouraging individuals to be aware of not only what they consume, but also bringing the faith-based message of caring for our bodies.
I still have boxes filled with Christmas ornaments and stockings in the hallway. The tree stand, in fact, is resting on the staircase, along with a giant black Hefty bag filled with garland. Lent, my sweet friends, is just around the corner. The season of self-sacrifice, forgiveness, and discovering our nothingness is not too far away. Time to put those decorations away, wouldn’t you agree?
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We may not think about it, but Lent is actually one of the more sensory-focused seasons of the liturgical year.
People join clubs, fraternities and organizations, each with their respective rituals of initiation.
Jesus is convinced of our goodness, even when we don’t act like it.