Hello awesome people!
Another week has passed us by. It has been long for many, well at least for me, but hopefully it has been a good week for all! I believe the week was made better after spending some time with Jesus in Adoration. Every third Wednesday of the month, Islander Catholic hosts Adoration for an hour. It was just a nice way to relax and give our thoughts over to God for a while and really contemplate Lent.
I love Adoration. It’s amazing how we’re able to find some peace of mind during crazy moments. During Adoration, there is this moment where the Holy Spirit enters the room and you can just feel it. Jesus is present and you can feel his love. Looking at the Crucifix above the tabernacle, I am filled with gratitude because it is a reminder that Jesus died for us all, so that we are able to ask for forgiveness for our sins. This past Wednesday Jesus’ sacrifice was even more potent because we are about to enter into the season of Lent. Deacon Julio Dimas was here to expose the Blessed Sacrament. During his reflection, Deacon had us think about sacrifice, and had us try to figure out something that we could give up. I used to think that sacrifice was just about giving up something: chocolate, fast food, and other stuff just because it was hard. But there is so much more to giving something up. When we sacrifice, we try to become more connected with those around us, but we are also reminded of Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice.
Deacon Julio reminded us that even the simplest of sacrifices can bring us back to thinking about Jesus. He said that something we could give up is the snooze button. In the time where we would normally be sleeping, we could get up right away and devote that time to prayer. Just thinking about not using my snooze button in the morning seems completely daunting, but it totally makes sense! What better way to bring our sacrifice back to Jesus. During these next few days I challenge you all to think about what you want to give up and just see how you can bring that back to God. Sacrificing is hard, but what Jesus did for us makes it all worth it in the end. Lent is fast approaching, but that means Easter is almost here. Let us look forward to Lent to prepare for the amazing day of Easter. I pray you all have a blessed week!
PS: come join us on Tuesday at 6:00 pm for our Mardi Gras party! FREE FOOD and live music! Hope to see you all there!