“A lot folks think they are generous because they give free advice.” There seem to be plenty of this going around, especially as it relates to Christianity and the state of the Christ’s Church here in the 21st Century. Everybody seems to have some opinion whether they are Christian, religious, or an atheist. And always, the advice seems to have something to do with the theme that the Church needs to change.
Rather than thinking of just what it is you’re giving up, Lent is as much about what Jesus gave up. Here is where it gets tough, I think. Jesus doesn’t regret what he gave up for you and me. It is not something the Christ regrets. The love of God is cruciform, by nature, Jesus shows the love God has for us by sacrificing for us (see Michael J. Gorman’s “Cruciformity). Can we say the same?