Saturday, April 03, 2010
lenten 40: day 40 - end?
the period of lent is coming to a close. the culmination of a 40 day period of preparation through prayer, repentance, charity and self-denial for the commemoration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
40 days. the same amount of time Jesus spent in the desert, prior to the beginning to his public ministry. by the time he had completed his isolation, he know doubt was prepared for what would happen 3 years later - when he would take to the cross - making the greatest sacrifice for all. the 40 days in the desert ended with him leaving desolate isolation. the period of lent ends with him entering ultimate isolation.
isolation saturday. dead. buried. gone. but not forgotten.
for 40 hours he would lay in the tomb. but it wasn't the end. it some senses, it was the beginning. of something new. and different. and more powerful. the beginning of a movement starts now. just like in the book of Acts.
this is not the end.
our time of lent officially ends - but our attitudes and behaviors, brought on with a lenten commitment don't have to. we can continue to practice forgiveness, self denial and charity. we can be the change we want to see in the world.