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"Thanks be to God, Al..."
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           It is time to put the “alleluias” away for Lent. It is always, I hope, gently amusing as Lent begins to hear first someone say, “Thanks be to God, Al…”

           Then in a Sunday or two we are all together in, as the Book of Common Prayer says, “omit” the Alleluias.

Yes, Lent is a time of self-examination and penitence, but also a time for hope and faith in God. During the Lenten Season, Sundays are not parts of the season. Every Sunday is a celebration of our Lord Jesus Christ.

For us, to observe the 40 days of Lent – minus the Sundays – is to in effect tithe our time, setting that time aside for holy use. During this time you and I are supposed to ask ourselves one way or another what it means to be us. As Jesus did in the wilderness was to ask himself what it meant to be Jesus.

 

Things to think about:

  • When you look in the mirror, what do you see that you like the most, and what do you see that you like the least?
  • If you had only one last message to leave to the handful of people who are most important to you, what would it be?
  • Of all the things you have done in your life, which is the one you would most like to undo? Which is the one that makes you happiest to remember?
  • Is there any person in the world, or any cause, that, if need be, you would be willing to die for?
  • If this were the last day of your life, what would you do with it?

As you try to answer questions like these is to begin, I feel, to come to grips with not only who we are but who we are becoming and who we are failing to become.

 

Now all this can be pretty depressing, I know, but if ashes are here at the beginning of this, I also know something like Easter may well be at the end.

 

Hugh+

 


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