Lenten Interview: Giving Up the “Giving Up” for Lent
February 23, 2016 § 1 Comment
Grace Miner, 14 years old, was interviewed about her comic and this is what she had to say about Lent, chocolate, Jesus, and more.
St. Luke in the Fields Blog: How do you see Jesus?
Grace Miner: I like the idea of Jesus being sarcastic.
St. Luke in the Fields Blog: What would you say to someone who has just viewed your comic and who has also given up chocolate for Lent?
Grace: You don’t even have to take this comic so seriously because it’s not just about giving up chocolate. It doesn’t really matter that much. It’s not like it’s bad. I just found it kind of funny with Jesus giving up his whole life versus us finding something not even like that to give up. But do not give up your life for Lent, please.
St. Luke in the Fields Blog: What is so wrong with giving up chocolate anyway?
Grace: The thing is about chocolate is that it’s just an example. Maybe chocolate really matters to you, and maybe something else really matters to you. I can’t decide what really matters to you, but I would ask, how much does it really matter?
St. Luke in the Fields Blog: What would you advise people to do in Lent?
Grace: Sometimes it feels like people just give up stuff for Lent just to give stuff up. But giving up stuff that blocks you from something or doing something that changes you is OK. Say you’re giving up alcohol because you have alcohol problems or you use it to deal with your issues, then that would make sense to give it up. Maybe you’re giving up chocolate because you spend a lot of money on it then that would make sense to give it up. Maybe you spend too much time on social media and you think maybe you would like to spend more time with your family, with praying, with God, or reflecting on yourself then that’s a good thing to give up.
St. Luke in the Fields Blog: What do you think Jesus would think?
Grace: I don’t know. I can’t really say what Jesus would think! It’s Jesus. It’s a lot to live up to!