“A RIGHT TIME FOR BIRTH, AND ANOTHER FOR DEATH”
Lent is an opportune time to die; to let go. We hang on to desires, wants, things, approval, wealth, power, prejudices and opinions of all kinds. Lent offers us all a time to reflect on our blindness; our deafness and our established vision of reality.
But to do that, we need to take some time for reflection – some soul-searching. We often hear that it is important to give up some things in lent; candy, snacks, smoking, alcohol, or other things that are not all that important. We are really offered this time for some deeper reflection on our lives. The equally important question that we so often fail to deal with is to do what? We can look at those items that we have become addicted to; slaves to thoughts and actions that control us. But just what is it that giving up these attitudes or actions frees us to do? We each are called to find that divine spark within us; that spirit of the living God; and then to allow that spark to become a flame that lights the world. We are called to die to ourselves and our addictions and then through experiencing this death to experience the resurrection to Life.
The fullness of life comes through the immersion into life around us and within us that is at times painful and difficult. The way to the resurrection requires joining in the struggle by letting go of our own egos, our self-pity and judging the world based on our self-righteousness. It is too easy to see reality as two dimensional only; black or white, right or wrong. We get wrapped up in thinking that the whole world revolves around us and that we and only we know the truth and can stand in judgement of others. The Gospel calls us to let go – to let our own ego die – to become empty so that we can be filled with life. We are called to allow, not just the chosen few into our hearts and minds, but the world world – all of life. We see the little tiny picture when we are filled with ourselves and our own demands and fail to see the miracles of existence coming to be all around us and within us. We become angry, filled with self-pity and frustrated. We allow violence in order to satiate our own hunger for violence and our attempts to prove that we are superior. We become lonely people, unable to really celebrate and rejoice in life. When we are able finally to let go, then we are finally able to celebrate and rejoice in our lives. We participate with the Risen Jesus and become food and healing for others. Lent is a time of dying to self in order to experience the fullness of Easter – the Resurrection.
ALLELUIA, ALLELUIA, ALLELUIA –
THIS IS THE DAY THE LORD HAS MADE, LET US REJOICE AND BE GLAD.