Sacrifice That Which Seperates You
Lent (Latin: Quadragesima – English: Fortieth) is a solemn religious observance in the liturgical calendar of many Christian denominations that begins on Ash Wednesday and covers a period of approximately six weeks before Easter Day.
The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer through prayer, penance, repentance of sins, almsgiving, atonement and self-denial. Its institutional purpose is heightened in the annual commemoration of Holy Week, marking the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the tradition and events of the New Testament beginning on Friday of Sorrows, further climaxing on Jesus’ crucifixion on Good Friday, which ultimately culminates in the joyful celebration on Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The above definition of Lent is spirited from Wikipedia, and they have reflected well the essential purpose of Lent. The Lenten season is one of my favorite seasons of the Church. Lent is a season of self-examination and honesty with the Lord. We are called to quiet contemplation of who we are, to what we are called, and who we are called to become. Please know this, my dearly beloved, that God loves you, regardless of who you are and what you are at this point in your pilgrimage in this incredible experience we call “life.” Our life is an unfolding of God’s purposes in His Kingdom.
The members of St. Augustine’s Anglican Church know well my teaching during the Lenten season – to sacrifice something that separates you from more a perfect relationship with God and others. We are called to be in relationship with our Father God and the Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit and are also called to be in unity with one another. Examine yourself, my dearly beloved, and find those things which separate yourself from more perfect union with our Lord and from your peers – fathers, mothers, siblings, neighbors. We are called to a most perfect union in all facets of our lives. Find those things, dearly beloved, which separate you from the Lord and your neighbors (family and others) and sacrifice those barriers to the Lord, asking Him to replace them with righteousness. Trust me, He will! Begin with prayer and trust in His promise that our trust in Him will be supplied with hope, peace and love. Happy Lent, dearly beloved, and may God most richly bless you in this journey!
St. Augustine’s Anglican Church
Bryson City, NC