Living the Liturgy of Lent

The Lenten journey requires a double journey into the mystery of God’s unfathomable grace and into the depths of our humanity. For some of us, the pathway to divine encounter is when we confront our deepest needs. For others, it is only when God’s love suddenly embraces us that we begin to learn about the mystery of being human. For the Church, it is also a liturgical pilgrimage toward Easter and the mystery of our baptism into Christ, and a confrontation with the “gap” between the world as it is and the world as God intends it to be; the gap between who we are and who Christ calls us to be.

We are summoned to fast and pray through the astonishing images given in Scripture this season. As Jesus faced temptation, so must we. As he struggled with human misunderstanding, so must we. As he healed the sick and feed the hungry, so must we pray and work for healing and for feeding the hungry. As he faced mortality and human weakness, so must we. As he steadfastly journeyed toward Jerusalem, so we must face the world’s conflict of good and evil. All of this is prayer. As some in the early Church have said, the life of the Christian is one long continual prayer.

Our double journey unfolds the whole range of our humanity before God and neighbor. We go the way of Christ’s liturgy. Take heart! The One who bids us follow has gone this way and will not fail us.

2 Responses to “Living the Liturgy of Lent”

  1. jo says:

    Love it!!! Thanks for sharing. I really appreciate this place and keeping the focus on our journeys in Christ…and it is done so sweet, even when it contains meat. It shines.

  2. jo says:

    Love it!!! Thanks for sharing. I really appreciate this place and keeping the focus on our journeys in Christ…and it is done so sweet, even when it contains meat. It shines.

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