Not my idea; the pastor’s. Did you catch the line in this morning’s preface?
Each year You give us this joyful seasonwhen we prepare to celebrate the paschal mysterywith mind and heart renewed.
One of our fourth grade classes was responsible for preparing the all-school liturgy today. When I met with them last week, it was an opportunity to hammer away at the three pillars–which they should know: it’s right there in Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18. The pastor obviously caught up with them, so he emphasized prayer, charity, and fasting, too. He mentioned the acronym JOY, and pointed out we use it during the Eucharistic Prayer today as an adjective for the season.
J = Jesus
O = others
Y = yourself
The point being that prayer helps us attend to our relationship with Jesus, charity guides us to concern for others, and fasting helps you attend to yourselves and your own need to trim down and take care of yourself.
It’s been a good start to Lent. What about yours?