Tuesday, February 28

Give your body a rest

“Carnival” ends today, and tomorrow our time of attentiveness to spiritual matters begins. Being in the world of the senses, and then stepping back for a time through a bit of denial, is part of the process of deepening our spiritual identity in the world. Flesh and spirit are essential elements in Christian discipleship, as are justice and mercy and intimacy and awe. Knowing how to appropriately weave these elements in our daily lives is the role of wisdom. Use Lent as a time to give your full attention to prayer, spiritual reading, and devotional practices. Ultimately your body and soul will be the stronger and wiser for it.

Today’s readings: Sirach 35:1-12; Mark 10:28-31 (348).
“But many that are first will be last, and the last will be first.”