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The Readers Write
As we approach the end of Lent and the joy of Easter I wonder how the “forty days
and forty nights” have been for you so far? I hear of people who, like me, have given up wine. Others have sacrificed
their love of chocolates, cake, biscuits and so on. In many cases the information on what someone has given up is then followed
by phrases such as “well, I could do with losing some weight”.
If one pauses for a moment and reflects on Jesus’s time of temptation,
He shunned temptation on numerous occasions and this is, of course, in part what Lent is all about. But He did not do this
to make himself better. Rather, as is laid out starkly for all of us at Easter, Jesus demonstrated another meaning to “giving
up”. That is giving up of oneself for others. Christ demonstrated a self-sacrificing love for all of us, even to giving
up His life that we might be saved.
As we reach for that glass of wine or chocolate that we have shunned during Lent
and approach the pain and joy of Easter, perhaps we should reflect on how we should follow Christ’s example and consider
what we should be giving up to others.
Now, where did I put my wine glass?
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