No sooner have we reached the pivotal festival of Candlemas and turned our backward gaze from Christmas forward toward Easter than we find ourselves in Lent!
Easter is early this year and so too, therefore, is Lent. On Ash Wednesday, on 10 February, you are invited to be reminded both of your frailty, “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return” and also of the promises of God who offers us his help and strength for this journey of faith that we might “Turn away from sin and be faithful to Christ.”
The forty days of Lent provide space for us to reflect on who we are and who God is. It is time for us to reevaluate things, to take stock and to return to being the people we are called to be by our common baptism. Paradoxically this is best done as we turn outward, away from ourself and, instead, seek to serve others by our prayers, fasting and in the generosity of our giving.
Lent is a holy season – a season that calls us apart; one that brings into sharp focus the basics that might otherwise be lost by so many other apparently important things.
I do hope you make the most of the opportunities offered to you this Lent, that you may deepen your spirituality and be strengthened in your faith and service.
May you keep a holy Lent.