By Rev. Jeanne Randall-Bodman, Pastor
March 1, 2023
I imagine that few of us think of Lent as a season to savor.
Depending on what part of the Christian world we grew up in, we may not think of Lent much at all. But in the last few years I’ve come to wonder if we are missing an invitation into a season both countercultural and life giving.
The season begins of course with Ash Wednesday when we gather to be reminded that we are neither self-made nor superior to the rest of creation, but true creatures of earth. That we come from holy dust and to holy dust we shall return. It is an invitation to think less of ourselves – not to think less well of ourselves, but to be freed from thinking of ourselves as incessantly as our culture (and perhaps our habits) cause us to.
Historically ash Wednesday ushered in a season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving in repentance and in preparation for the celebration of Easter. Repentance is sometimes equated with being penitent or sorrowful for one’s faults. But a better translation of the Greek word “repent” found in the New Testament is to turn, or return to God, to reorient one’s heart and mind.