We have observed the Solemnity of Ash Wednesday and that means the holy season of Lent is upon us. Lent comes with a particular mood, but I do appreciate how one author puts it:
Lent is not just about being sad. Lent is about being honest. Lent is a call to be honest about all the stuff we would otherwise try to ignore, or just become adjusted-to and decided to call “the new normal.” Lent is a confrontation with all of the things we would rather avoid. Lent dares to wrestle with a God who allows us to live in such a dark world that has been broken by sin. Lent makes us look at the last great enemy, death. Which we would rather not make eye contact with.
Because the truth is…if all we’ve done this Lent is make you sad, we have failed. Lent is about the Cross. It is a horrible, beautiful sight because it looks like real hope. Hope not in the world getting better but in Christ winning salvation even in the middle of it. Lent looks like love. Lent points to the cross of Christ where us sinners would find forgiveness, life, and salvation. Not just empathy towards the guy who suffered there. But real hope in a love that takes action and shape in a Jesus who actually saves us.
To prepare for worship on Sunday
(February 28), you are invited to read:
Luke 13:1-9, 31-35