The child stands before the parent, “It’s broken can you fix it, please?”
Lent is just such a time when we stand before our heavenly parent with all trust in our heart, “Our lives are broken can you fix it?”
Lent is a time to consider how we might deny and open ourselves to drawing closer to God. Refraining from the things that would serve myself, and turning to things that would serve God. What might I place in God’s hands to be transformed & made new. What might we fast or refrain from that may be an obstacle in our relationship with God? What might we give, to God or those in need as an act of faith in, and dependence on God, thus diminishing my temptation to trust in the things in our life? How might we trust more regularly on God through increased prayer diminishing my temptation to trust in our own understanding.
“It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.” (prayer of St. Francis) There’s something about intentionally letting go of control to God, that leads to healing & new living.
Mary Magdalene and Mary are going to the tomb at dawn. The stone hasn’t been moved yet. Then, suddenly an earthquake, an angel of the Lord, with an appearance like lightning, and dazzling white clothes, descends & rolls back the stone. Earthquakes, angels, quite terrifying for a morning stroll through the cemetery. Earthquakes come, rock our world, and change things. Like the women and guards fear is a common reaction.
Imagine your inside your chrysalis convinced you are the same worm you have always been, unaware of forces within that have been transforming you. Cracks appear in your darkened world; you try to hold it together.
You try to mend the cracks, but it keeps getting worse, and it feels like everything is falling apart. But, really things are coming together beyond your wildest imagination.
Then a catastrophic event, “It’s all over” you cry. And next thing you know
you have beautiful wings & you can fly. You’ve been transformed, and it was all grace.
Jesus tells us the struggles and sufferings of this life are like Birth pangs,
teaching us that spending our time clinging to riches, and the fame of this world is like decorating the inside of the Chrysalis. The earthquakes come, taunting us with fear, telling us it’s all over. Does it ever feel like, try as you may, you just can’t control it all, and your world is falling apart, and your time has come? Come and practice trust, the Holy Spirit is making us new.
Jesus said, “Unless a seed falls into the ground & dies it cannot bear fruit…”
Lent invites us again to let go, and Trust God with all our heart. The surrender of lent, leads to the unimaginable mysterious promised resurrection life.
The earthquakes come but our God turns death into life.
We simply proclaim in our living “The end is not the end” death has been overcome, God keeps His promises, and that truth can't help but change how we live.
In the abiding hope of the empty tomb