Friday of the 1st Week of Lent–TGIF

Thank God it’s Friday!  I wonder why we don’t say TGIS (Thank God it’s Saturday!) or TGIW (Thank God it’s Wednesday!)  Obviously if you work a normal forty hour week TGIF makes sense.  It’s the last day of the work week.  But when you get right down to it, God gives us every day, including Friday, and we should give thanks for them all.  Believe me, if you haven’t already, at some point in your life you’ll realize that each day is precious.  Our days are numbered and none of us knows how many we have left.

Friday has a special significance for Catholics.  It’s the day Jesus Christ gave up His life so that we might have a chance of getting into heaven.  It’s always been a day where we’re called upon to do some form of penance.  Once-upon-a-time, we weren’t supposed to eat meat on Fridays.  Guess what.  That rule was never lifted.  In 1966 the US Bishops modified the requirement to include other types of penance. In other words, if you do eat meat on a normal Friday, you’re supposed to do some other form of penance. Somehow that little detail has slipped a lot of people’s minds.

But this isn’t a normal Friday.  It’s a Friday during Lent and for us Catholics, that means “no meat.”  No hamburgers, no hot dogs, no barbecue.  And, that’s a good thing.  It really is.  First of all, if you like fish, it’s really no penance at all.  Even if you hate fish, there’s pasta, and vegetable stuff that tastes like meat.  What it is is a reminder.  Hopefully three times today you’ll stop and think that today’s a day of abstinence and you’ll think about why.  Why can’t I eat meat?  Because today’s the day we remember what Jesus did for us.  He died a horrible, painful death on the cross so you and I might have eternal life.

That’s what today is all about.  So enjoy your macaroni and cheese  But don’t forget to remember what Lent is all about.  TGIF!  God gave us this day.  Let’s make the most of it.

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2 Responses

  1. Good reminders & things to ponder! Here in Louisiana, we often eat seafood on Fridays. Boiled crawfish is not exactly a sacrifice. Tuna or mac and cheese would be a better way to say, “We love you Jesus, and we truly appreciate the tremendous sacrifice you made for us.”

  2. I have a problem with eating anything that looks like it did when it was alive. I love crawfish dishes but I can’t eat them whole. Same with fish. I like them square, not whole. If the only way to eat meat was to eat the whole animal I’d probably be a vegetarian.

    I guess that’s why we all choose our own penance. Unfortunately, some of choose better than others.

    Thanks for the comment.

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