What are you giving up for Lent? When we hear this question, we register the “what” of Lent instead of the “why.” You see, the reason we forgo the things of this world is to open our hearts to the things beyond this world. When we say “no” to something inherently good, we have room to say “yes” to the Creator of good. When we sacrifice the earthly, we have more time for reaching the heavenly.
Join with our community at the Newman Center by replacing all of the good things we give up with two great things from God.
First, let’s commit to experiencing God’s mercy and love by making a sincere confession at least once during the 40 days. There’s confession on campus at the Newman Center, or you can go to a nearby parish.
Second, let’s choose daily this Lent to make the Word of God a part of our lives by reading the Bible every day (even if it’s just for 5 minutes) or joining a Lenten Bible study.
This Lent, let’s open our hearts to the grace that God delivers.
We’ve got a great week lined up for the final week before Lent begins. We’re hosting over 20 high school students this Saturday, February 9, for a retreat that is focused on the Holy Spirit working in and through their lives as they receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Also, don’t miss the next Newman Film Club night, this Friday, February 8, 8p. We’ll be watching “The Scarlet and the Black.”
While the crowd was pressing in on Jesus and listening to the word of God, he was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret. He saw two boats there alongside the lake; the fishermen had disembarked and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, he asked him to put out a short distance from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” Simon said in reply, “Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.” When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish and their nets were tearing. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come to help them. They came and filled both boats so that the boats were in danger of sinking. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.” For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made seized him and all those with him, and likewise James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners of Simon. Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” When they brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed him.