Meditation for Wednesday of the 3rd Week of Lent


 
As we go through Lent, we are most aware of the fact that we, personally, are sinners, due to the immense amount of introspection and examination of conscience.  However, what we may miss is that others are watching (and possibly learning, right or wrong, about Catholicism), especially children.  "Why are we having fish tonight?  Why can’t we have meat?  What is Lent?  Why is it called that?  Is chicken meat?  Why isn’t fish considered meat?"  We must be prepared to answer these questions.  In order to do so, we must know the answers for ourselves.
 
One of the best ways to do this is to learn it from some other adult (who actually knows what they’re talking about – don’t trust some radio talk show or a blurb in the newspaper to tell you), and then try to put that answer into words a child can understand.  When we teach others, we reinforce that knowledge in our own minds as well.  (Hence the exhortation to "teach your children and your children’s children.")  An excellent resource for doing this is the book, Did Adam & Eve Have Bellybuttons…And 199 other questions from Catholic Teenagers.  Another one that helps, especially with Lent, Christmas, and other events that have lots of other customs and traditions attached to them is Catholic Customs and Traditions: A Popular Guide.
 
Keep in mind, though, that it is not enough to teach.  Jesus tells us that "whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the kingdom of heaven."  We not only have to teach, but we have to practice what we preach.
 
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