That forty days journey we call Lent has begun- It invites us to reflect on those dramatic descriptions from the Holy Book about deserts and solitude, abandonment and pain and then that ultimate triumph from death to resurrection – It’s a time that calls for penance and sacrifice and a deep and closer look into our own spirituality
Penance – Sacrifice? – with this everlasting winter, its bitter cold and the barriers of dirty snow still surrounding us, the opportunity to practice both has been ample!
But perhaps we could seriously confront a question: Do we really know where we are going? The question springs from a casual observation of everyday scenes in our town – People running in different directions – cell phones glued to their ears. Even doing it while pushing shopping carts paying little or no attention to cars navigating crowded parking lots – Why such urgency? Why this compelling need for instant communication and the expected gratification? Is the world coming to an end tomorrow? And if it should – Have I considered if I am prepared to face what would follow?
Can we manage to find some way to slow down this Lent – Catch our breath – Stop to make space for thinking and for praying – Space for someone in need for whom we pause and say – “I AM HERE!”
The scriptures tell us of a blind man who upon hearing the Master was approaching cried out in a loud voice “Grant that I may see Lord”
Could that cry possibly be MINE?