“One more lap to go.” I heard this statement recently in small talk over Lent, mostly in eagerness in regards to having chocolate, coffee or whatever else was given up back again. Before I agreed with the speaker too readily, I caught myself. Something didn’t sound quite right. Sure, we all can be happy that we get to go back to eating and drinking whatever we want without giving it a second thought (a problem in and of itself, but that’s another point entirely), but does that really warrant such wanted finality to Lent, one of the most holy times for us Catholics?
Rather, I think Lent should symbolize the beginning of our faith race, not the end.
We’ve trained for 40 days to become stronger in our resolve and closer to God; by now, we should be in peak shape.
So as we go into this final week of Lent, prepare to celebrate the end, but plan to keep on running after. There is no finish line in faith.
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