Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Lent AGAIN??

It is that time of year, LENT, and the call to movement from within.  The liturgical year puts a focus on the "Jesus journey" as one colored by suffering, passion, death.  And yet we know that the end is new life.

A religious speaker once said that our lives can be seen as movement from: 

Bondage
to
Liberation
to
Abundance
to
Complacency
to
Bondage

We see it in the life of Israel and the Hebrew nation throughout it's Old Testament journey.  We can see it in our own lives:  that new job that isn't "new" anymore; that relationship that has fallen into a routine complacency, etc. 

To move between liberation and abundance and NOT slip back into bondage is the work of prayer and of community or church.  To keep the spirit of liberation alive is to say YES to today, to take that risk of moving into the unknown and the uncomfortable.  To journey through Lent in prayer, fasting, almsgiving is a walk in the footsteps of Jesus of Nazereth - with hope and a vision of new life.  Why suffering and why death?  Because there is no resurrection without it!

May this Lent be a time to break the bonds that hold us back from truly being free.  May it be the time to renew an appreciation of the abundance we have rather than a focus on what we don't have.  May it be a journey into a more complete expression of who we are as a divine creation.

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