One of the things Jesus quotes to the devil is:
The Lord Your God
Shall you Worship
and Him Alone Shall You Serve!
This being said, LENT is certainly about “getting back on track” and HIM ALONE SHALL YOU SERVE is certainly the track we need to get back on. For the next forty days every tendency for decision making and action taking that we have should be up for examination and review. All should be carefully scrutinized as acceptable because it is in service to the Lord alone or as unacceptable because, in truth, it is part of some other agenda in service to whatever else.
This season of Lent is all the more significant as it comes to us during our Holy Year of the Eucharist as the Center of our Lives. Lent offers us a bounty of opportunities to LIVE what we believe. Whatever you decide “to do for Lent,” just make sure it is understood within the context of “being Eucharist for each other and our neighbor.” Eucharist means: “sacrifice of thanksgiving.” On the night before Jesus died for us, He looked up to His Heavenly Father and gave thanks.” If we do a better job observing the commandments, living the beatitudes of our Lord, and loving one another as Jesus loved us, we WILL be Eucharist for each other and for our neighbor. Perhaps you have already decided “to give something up for Lent,” but have you decided to compliment that and finish the Lenten practice by doing something positive in service of the Gospel. In other words, giving up your double mocha chocolate caramel latte during Lent, should be matched by taking the money you saved and donate it to help people in need.
FASTING, ALMSGIVING, and PRAYER are the stuff of Lent. And about the stuff of Lent we heard on Ash Wednesday: Now is the acceptable time! Now is the moment of Salvation!
This is LENT 2018. It will not be given us again. Now is the acceptable time. What is more, if we do not personally desire conversion—restoration of the mind and heart to God—I advise: Skip Lent altogether.