Lent Day 20

Day 20 Monday March 9 – [F] No desserts or treats today

RO: St. John Vianney said. “Our sin is like a grain of sand along God’s mountain of mercy.” // Jesus takes our sins and throws them “as far as the East is from the West” (Psalm 103) – that’s infinity. He has forgiven our sins on the cross, and all of our sins, not just few of them but every single one of them. // When He died on that cross He had all those sins on the cross with Him. That’s His love for us. // Will you receive the love that God wants or will you focus on the sin?

2 Kings 5: 1-15AB

The prophet sent him the message: “Go and wash seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will heal, and you will be clean.” But Naaman went away angry, saying, “I thought that he would surely come out and stand there to invoke the LORD his God, and would move his hand over the spot, and thus cure the leprosy. // But his servants came up and reasoned with him. “My father,” they said, “if the prophet had told you to do something extraordinary, would you not have done it? All the more now, since he said to you, ‘Wash and be clean,’ should you do as he said.” So Naaman went down and plunged into the Jordan seven times at the word of the man of God. His flesh became again like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.

Luke 4: 24-30

Jesus said to the people in the synagogue at Nazareth: “Amen, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place. // When the people in the synagogue heard this,they were all filled with fury. They rose up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town had been built, to hurl him down headlong. But he passed through the midst of them and went away.

It is hard to deny my sweettooth. I mean, it’s basically impossible. Even when I am being “good” about not eating junkfood something with chocolate on it seems to find a way into my mouth. But today I was really gung-ho about showing God I could do it for Him.

And outside of a strawberry and milk smoothie (which Nora ordered by pointing at the blender until I stopped explaining we wouldn’t have one today and just said “okay”) I denied myself all treats.  

I didn’t really have any great reflections about it other than it made me feel good inside to do this simple thing today. Every time I thought about having a treat (which was often) I remembered why I wasn’t going to have one and that was that – no big torment, no thoughts of “this is so hard so why do it?”. I just did it. And by doing I felt good.

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