Monday, February 20, 2012
Any Plans for Lent?
As Catholics, we tend to prepare ourselves for Lent by trying to figure out what we should give up for these upcoming Forty Days. Most people will give up something that they eat or do daily, like coffee and sweets, or maybe even going on Facebook. Doing so is a laudable and recommended of course! (BTW, I am still undecided as to what I am going to give up.)
However, while giving up something is a noble thing, it is also important, I think, that we use these days to double our efforts in immersing ourselves in the Scriptures. One thing that I have done over the past few years is to pick a book of the Bible that I have neglected and spend Lent studying it. This has been a wonderful practice for me during the past few Lenten seasons. This year, I have decided to spend my nightly prayer time reading through 1 and 2 Chronicles. I have spent far more time in the Deuteronomic Histories of 1 Samuel through 2 Kings in contrast to 1-2 Chronicles. I should also mention the fact that Dr. Scott Hahn's book Kingdom of God as Liturgical Empire, The: A Theological Commentary on 1-2 Chroniclescomes out in the next few days is also another reason to go back and read 1-2 Chronicles.
In addition to the Scriptures, I try to pick out a book to use as a devotional for Lent. This year I have decided to read through Mark Shea's The Work of Mercy: Being the Hands and Heart of Christ. I plan to blog on my reading of this book throughout Lent as well.
So, are you planning anything for Lent? Do any of you use a particular devotional just for Lent?