Throughout Lent, I have been praying, fasting and raising money for almsgiving; in Matthew6:1- 6,Jesus taught the disciples how to do penance through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Along with my class, we are raising money for CAFOD, we’re over two hundred pounds already! In Luke 21:1-4, the widow gave all she had, for others. We are trying to be like the widow, give up our things for others. We want to give up the things we don’t need for others, who actually need it. We have done a sponsored silence, all for CAFOD. Lent is all about sacrifice, Jesus made the biggest sacrifice for us, he sacrificed his life for our sins. In Acts 20:35, Jesus said it’s more blessed to give than to receive.
Many of us are fasting our favourite foods or drinks, because Jesus fasted both food and water-I’m fasting biscuits. This is a challenge, because sometimes we are tempted, but we must resist the temptation, because Jesus did so. In Samuel 1:12, They mourned and wept and fasted till evening for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the army of the LORD and for the nation of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword. We fast until Jesus’s death, because we have sinned. In Matthew 4:11, it says we should not be tempted but be thankful, because we should be thankful for Jesus sacrifice, he freed us from sin, if we are tempted, we are not following God’s commandments. On good Friday, we don’t eat meat. For many years, Catholics have not been eating meat, because meat was seen as a worthy sacrifice.
All Catholics pray, in Lent we pray for forgiveness of our sins. We pray for help through out Lent so we are not tempted, and that we can be better people. We pray to thank Jesus for the sacrifice he’s making. We ask for forgiveness in prayer and reconciliation, to receive penance. We pray for others who are in need too, everyone should enjoy Lent and Easter.
In Holy week, we celebrate: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. Easter is a sign of new life, because we die in our sins and we become people free of sin. We should be thankful for Jesus’s sacrifice, he’s forgiven our sins.
By Alicja, aged 11