Lent 2013: the inward and outward journeys
Relating is at the heart of what is redemptive, and what may bring about the transformation of the world.
What happens in life to open up our natures to the tendernesses of life is redemptive. Bernard Meland
We were wondering what Lent is for?
I think I have seen Lent as a time to focus on the inward journey. Fasting can be a time to make room for God in us, to delve deeper, to be cleansed, changed. Fasting can also be a time to allow ourselves to connect and empathise with those who regularly go without. It is not often in our modern, Western lives we have to deprive ourselves or limit ourselves in any way.
In our Lent reflections this year we wanted to look at the interaction of the inward and outward journey. Richard Rohr talks about sustaining the outward journey by nurturing the inward journey, this seems to be the major work for his Center for Action and Contemplation. We can notice in Jesus the harmony between the inward and outward journey. So we are going to observe and take note of the life of Jesus by looking at the stories of his encounters with people. The people Jesus met who were on the margins; women, lepers, outsiders, the poor, the bereaved. We want also to acknowledge, hopefully hear from, those who work with the marginal people of our society.
His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace. Ephesians 2:15
When hope has gone, when nothing happens, nothing changes.
I promise you that today you will be with me in paradise.
Simon from Cyrene happened to be coming in from a farm, and they forced him to carry Jesus’ cross. Mark 15
Men here have short attention spans.
They see something sparkly and they're off.
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
Pilate spoke to them a third time, “But what crime has he done?" Luke 23:22
You are one of them!” “No, I’m not!” Peter replied.
Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.
There's no accounting for happiness,...
It comes to the monk in his cell.
It comes to the woman sweeping the street
with a birch broom, to the child
whose mother has passed out from drink.
Zacchaeus, hurry down! I want to stay with you today. (Luke 19:5)