Thomas Griffin 3/3/23 (For SpiritualDirection.com)
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Excerpt: “The Second Sunday of Lent will bring us to the 12th day of our Lenten journey. Most of us vowed to make specific sacrifices during this time and this is a good spot to reflect on how we are doing. Lent comes to us every year so that it will impact our practical lives in profound ways. If you are like me, however, too often these practices might change some habits, but do not alter us at the core.
Like so many other things in life I think this has to do with our awareness and perseverance. Do we think about our sacrifices often and are we willing to keep them through the thick and thin? Some make the analogy between Lenten sacrifices and New Year’s resolutions. I think they are inherently different, but some statistics on New Year’s resolutions are helpful when applied to Lent knowing that we are almost two weeks in.
Nearly 23% of Americans who make a New Year’s resolution give up within the first week, and more than 64% of Amercans give up on their resolutions within the first month. Hopefully, Lent places a higher calling on ourselves to stick to our promises, but I know that I am often tempted to consider if it is really a big deal to give in here or there.
The Church places this Sunday’s Gospel reading in its present location in order to remind us of the goal and give us the endurance to remain faithful to our promises and show fidelity to our relationship with God. The account of the Transfiguration is one of the most, if not the most, divinely revealing accounts in Jesus’ public ministry. He shows the disciples, and us, who he really is in order to strengthen us in a practical way. “
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Thomas Griffin is the chairperson of the religion department at a Catholic high school on Long Island where he lives with his wife and two sons. He has a masters degree in theology and is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Empty Tomb Project: The Magazine.
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