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To the Saints that are in Los Osos,
On March 6, we observe Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season ofLent when we walk with Jesus on his relentless march to the cross. Lent is a time to consider the darker sides of our faith – the reality of distress, the possibility of pain, the recognition that the way of Jesus is sometimes difficult or even painful, the fact that sometimes doubt may threaten to overwhelm us.
I am writing this on Monday, February 25, as I watch what is happening at the GeneralConference. This Sunday is Transfiguration Sunday when we commemorate Jesus’ revealing his glory to James, John and Peter, but at the moment it feels more like the Via Dolorosa. On the other hand, they are far from finished in their discussions, to say nothing of actually voting on a plan.
As you know, I am a great believer in observing the seasons of the church because they each speak to us at different times in our lives. Besides giving us reasons to change the color scheme in the sanctuary they give shape and form to the Church’s movement through the year. They also remind us that Christian faith has a destination as well as a path. The path takes a great turning at the cross and an even greater one at the resurrection, but it continues to climb toward the final fulfillment of the Reign of God.
Lent, despite its difficulties, or perhaps more properly because of them, calls us on toward the light and joy of Easter and the building of the kingdom until it is ready for the King. Whatever happens in St. Louis today and tomorrow – whether we see the light of Easter or are left in the shadows of Lent we know that God’s love reigns in the end. Whatever happens, God is with us. Whatever happens, we will continue to strive to love as God loves. Whatever happens, God is still God.
See you in Church,