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Lent Challenge Week Three: Spirit

Lent Challenge Week Three: Spirit

By:  Nicholas Breidigam March 17, 2022
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Week three is here! And this week is a tough one to do and accomplish for many, including myself. We are dealing with the Spirit this week. So, have you ever been obsessed with screen time so much that you forgo living the life God wants for you? It's okay to admit that you have done this. I'll tell you a secret: we have all been there. 
With social media giants, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram want you to use them. That is the goal, to have you all to them for as much time as you will allow. It is a problem, because what happens to us ties into the body and mind. Our overuse of social media and screen time gets us into trouble. We become lazy and fall into narcissism. 

Sloth and Pride. Two vices that we can fall prey to in these two areas. It is entertainment, yes...but work on moderation. Moderation is the key to balancing your life towards God. 

So, answer this question, how often are you on social media or screen time? Be honest with yourself. This honesty is the start of making a change in your life. Let's stop comparing ourselves to others on social media. Let's stop spending so much of our time on TV or a computer doing things that distract us from the Lord. 

Like I stated before, I am guilty of this as well. It pulls you in. The distraction can happen quite simply on YouTube. Soon before you know it, you are on video ten and stopped living the life God meant you to live. It is easy to get that back. Turn it off and walk away.

You see, these various entertainment avenues don't expect you to walk away. That is how they make money. 

So, what can you do instead? 

Again, the following are suggestions to strengthen your relationship with God. Find out what works the best for you and do it. 

First, pick up your Bible and read it daily.
You want drama, action, and soap operas...look no further than the Bible. There are many ways to read through it. You could listen to it through a popular podcast. (If you know, you know.) You could also join a Bible study and enter into your faith in a manner that would be seen and characterized as taking the initiative. God will reward you greatly. 

Sometimes you have no idea where to start.
St. Augustine's conversion began with hearing a voice, "Pick up, and read". Your conversion continues to be strengthened by the Word of God. If you have a favorite book of the Bible, start there. If you would like to start with a Gospel, start with Mark. At only 16 chapters, it is the shortest. There is no right or wrong way to accomplish this challenge for this week. All you have to do is to, "Pick up, and read". 

Let me give you an example text and guide you through it. Be still and let your hearts be attentive to the words of Our Lord from Mark 12:28-34: 

One of the scribes, when he came forward and heard them disputing and saw how well he had answered them, asked him, “Which is the first of all the commandments?” Jesus replied, “The first is this: ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” The scribe said to him, “Well said, teacher. You are right in saying, ‘He is One and there is no other than he.’ And ‘to love him with all your heart, with all your understanding, with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself' is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” And when Jesus saw that [he] answered with understanding, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And no one dared to ask him any more questions.

Stop. Think. Then read it again. Pay attention to anything that stands out to you. It stands out because the Holy Spirit is working to make you aware of something in the passage. The above passage is often titled, "The Greatest Commandment." We owe it to ourselves to love others. Do we really love others when we spend a majority of time on social media and other forms of screen time? I don't think so. 

So, this week's challenge is to read the Bible every day and give up time on social media and screen time. 

God wants what is best for us. 

This week I leave you with a quote from a theologian and bible scholar, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, "I urge you to become familiar with the Bible, and to have it at hand so that it can be your compass pointing out the road to follow." 

Let your compass be used and guide you back to Our Lord this Lent!



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