Lent has begun.
To be honest, I never got Lent. I went to Catholic school and everyone would debate what they were going to give up, but I never really understood how to turn this sacrifice (as if giving up potato chips or chocolate is sacrificial in the context of the man we were trying to emulate) into something spiritually meaningful.
Lent always felt…childlike. Like we could give up partying, smoking, or gluten and magically get right with God.
Somehow, I always felt this was not exactly what God had in mind when he sent his only begotten Son.
It’s taken a few years, but I am starting to understand.