Sunday, March 20, 2016

Lent and the Festival of Life

Joyce Sasse, Spiritual Gleanings

Lent is a time of introspection. It invites us to look at ourselves as individuals and as Communities of Faith.

Start by looking at what lies at the heart of our Faith. We believe God created us, loves us, and cares for us. We believe God created the ecosphere in which we live. It is an umbilical cord linking us with Mother Earth. We believe God put us in relationship with each other – in families, in communities, in this world. How we regard each other and care for each other says as much about ourselves as it does about others.

We sit daily at the great Festival of Life. How we participate in that Festival is up to us.

Sometimes we grumble and wish there was more. Sometimes we envy the other person – who always seems to be luckier, more popular, better off, having more fun. Sometimes our thoughts are clouded in anger, in judging others, in carrying grudges. Even though the Festival of Life goes on around us, our lives feel heavy, burdened, maybe even filled with despair.

But the message of Lent and Easter is that it doesn’t have to be that way. At a Festival we can throw our crutches away. We can open ourselves to the healing rays of sun, of hope, of promise. We can look to see what lies within reach.

The spirit within comes alive as we give attention to what has been given. To experience God’s blessing we may try to do the following:

“Feast on faith, and fast from fear. Feast on service, and fast from selfishness. Feast on love, and fast from jealousy. Feast on contentment, and fast from resentment. Feast on peace, and fast from ill-temper. Feast on joy, and fast from self-pity. Feast on praise, and fast from criticism.” (source unknown)

Thanks be to God!

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