And this is the purpose of Lent; to help us enter more fully into the suffering and death of Jesus, so that we can more richly appreciate Easter and enjoy his resurrection life. Lent is a reminder that our call to discipleship was a call to take up a cross, that our baptism was a burial into his death, and that our daily life with Christ is a sharing in his suffering and conformity to his dying. In Lent we seek deliberate and concrete ways of remembering this so that we can live it more faithfully. The disciplines of Lent (fasting, prayer, acts of service, sacrificial giving) serve to mortify our flesh, so that our flesh, by the power of the Holy Spirit, can be made to share in the life of Christ and experience the God-given exaltation of his resurrection. Much of this, we know, will only be complete in that final Easter morning of general resurrection and transformation when Christ appears. So the season of Lent signifies and equips us for the Lenten life we lead until that final Day of Redemption.Please join us today and in coming days in Lent reflections of your own.
Thursday, February 10, 2005
Lent and Cross-Shattered Christ
For the next 40 days occasionally I'll be offering some thoughts on Stanley Hauerwas's Cross-Shattered Christ, a book of meditations on our suffering savior. First, however, I want to explain for those of us who are recently learning about the movements of the yearly calendar what Lent is. Fortunately, John Ogren has already given a very good description in an article written for the Jan-Feb 03 issue of Wineskins. Here is how he describes Lent in summary: