By Katy Fassler
Director of Family Ministries, First UMC
First, read Psalms 56:12-13
“ Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire.” ―Gustav Mahler
Every Lenten season, we fall right back into routine. The gifts from Christmas have been long forgotten. February 15th marks the sale of Peeps, ridiculous mounds of pastel colored candy, and baskets, and the daily special for every restaurant in town: Fish Sandwiches.
Some of us choose specific things to avoid during this season. The fasting includes abstaining from chocolate, a favorite drive-thru, a caffeine addiction, or even the daily Netflix “binge.”
It is easy to see this season as one of sacrifice, mourning, and sorrow. A time we must suffer because Christ suffered. While not completely off base, this time can be so much more. It is good to sacrifice, to remember the torture and death Jesus endured for us.
We must also remember that He came with a purpose, and that purpose was FULFILLED! We now have life and access to God which was never obtainable before. This is a time to celebrate!
The word for today is FULFILL. Not only is this a reflection on Jesus but also on us as followers of Christ. God sent His only Son to FULFILL what the law required. He paid our debts by laying down His life for ours. We in return must respond by FULFILLING what He asks of us — to turn from our sin and grow in our understanding of Christ through the Bible — spend time daily in prayer — show Jesus to the world by loving others — spread the Gospel around the corner and around the world.
Take time this season to truly reflect on how we celebrate. We hold traditions dear because of what they signify. Don’t fall into the trap of doing something because we always do it. Let’s take this time to understand how Jesus FULFILLED what was required and how we can, in response, FULFILL what He requires of us.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I am sorry for the times I go through the motions without truly reflecting on what I am celebrating. You came to fulfill the law, to die for me, so that I could have life and a relationship with you. Help me to fulfill what you ask of me and to show you to the world. Amen
1. Do you find it easy to fall into the Lenten routine?
2. How do we FULFILL what God requires of us? (Micah 6:8)
3. How can we best celebrate Jesus’ FULFILLMENT of the Law?