The liturgical calendar offers different ways to experience and worship through the seasons of the year. Christmas and Epiphany are seasons of celebration; the months after Pentecost, referred to by Roman Catholics as “Ordinary Time,” provide an opportunity to explore what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ in the humdrum of ordinary life. By contrast, Lent is a season of repentance and spiritual discipline. It calls us to take God seriously for a few weeks. Lent asks us to see ourselves in our vulnerable humanity as the words of Ash Wednesday challenge us, “Remember that you are dust and to dust you will return.”
I hope that members of Grace (and readers of the blog) will endeavor this Lent to reflect and deepen our spiritual lives. There are many ways of doing this–by reading some work of spiritual significance, adopting spiritual practices like prayer and fasting, or following one or more of the many Lenten resources on the web.
At Grace, we’ll have a bible study on Wednesday evenings (March 12-April 9) focusing on the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). You can find out more about it here, including some opportunities for following along on-line. If you can’t join us on Wednesday nights and would like to use the Sermon on the Mount for your own spiritual focus during Lent, I encourage you to get a copy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship.
Maggie Dawn offers 40 ideas for observing Lent
Nadia Bolz-Weber and the Church of All Sinners and Saints offers 40 Ideas for Keeping a Holy Lent
- Episcopal Relief and Development
–order or download the devotional here
–you can also sign up to receive daily emails here
- The Society of St. John the Evangelist offers daily video meditations: Love Life: Lent 2014
- an extensive collection of Lenten resources compiled by staff of the Episcopal Church Center (mostly focused on issues of social justice)
- Busted Halo had a Lenten Calendar last year and promises one for 2014
- The Daily Office for your computer
- The Huffington Post collects a wide variety of materials related to Lent each year: here.
- From the Jesuits of the United States: Moved to Greater Love
And, of course, in a category of its own: Lent Madness!
Lenten Study: The Big Class: Making Sense of the Cross with David Lose:
Description: Whatever we say about the cross, we are also saying about God. So what does the cross mean? What can it tell us about God? How can it help us approach, understand, and know God better? In Part One of this three-part series, David Lose invites us to consider that the best way to understand the cross is through experience.