The decision of what to sacrifice for Lent begins with an honest evaluation about what in our lives is guarding us from the Kingdom of G-d. Truthful reflection in this will be very painful. Revealing sin in ourselves always hurts. When we work on these sins by careful discipline and prayer, Easter Sunday becomes a moment of celebration as G-d conquers what detracted us from following the Holy Spirit’s call. This means, on Easter Sunday, we do not indulge in what we abandoned. It means we enjoy the fruits of resurrection and new life, free from the bonds of sin. Lent is not a moment in time; it is an inauguration. It represents trial by fire that leaves purified that which is burned. What do you do that blocks the Kingdom of G-d? Is it greed, gluttony, pride, lust, anger, avarice, or all of these? Perhaps you should sacrifice your patriotism or your ignorance. It will be painful, but the celebration of Easter is just up ahead. Peace!
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