In the 2014 Lenten meditations booklet, Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD) president
Robert Radke writes: “Dear Friends, The season of Lent provides a unique opportunity for us to embark on a journey toward
an encounter with the risen Christ. As we turn toward a more intentional spiritual focus in our lives this season, we have
a renewed opportunity to encounter Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves.”
I remember the
old expression, “March roars in like a lion and goes out like a lamb”. What if we were to attack our weaknesses
with the 'roar of the lion'? What if we spent this Lenten time (the whole month of March, by the way) in prayer, fasting and
meditation? I hear the answer, “we wouldn't get our work done!” Okay, but there has to be some time in our busy
days to find a small corner of the world and visit with our Father. He gave us twenty-four hours in a day, we divide the day
into three segments of eight hours, work, rest, and leisure. Bet we could find 20 minutes to sit and listen to the one who
listens to us all twenty-four hours.
Lent is a penitential period in our church calendar year but it doesn't have
to be all ashes on the forehead, ripped garments, and a sad expression on our face. It is a time of reflection and penitence
but to enable us to rejoice and feel the joy of love from our Father and those around us.
professor of Ethics, writes, “Our faith is an Easter faith.” What he means is Christian life begins with baptism.
It is how we choose to live our Christian lives after being baptized. With baptism we have the symbolism of death to sin and
life in Christ. We are in Christ and he is in us and so we spend these forty days with Christ in the wilderness of our own
lives and triumphantly see our lives changed with the resurrection at Easter.
Maybe instead of giving up chocolate
or cigarettes or alcohol or whatever, we can take on something, like daily prayer, kindness to strangers and all of what being
a Christian is about.
May this Lenten time find you refreshed and loving yourself and your neighbor.