The season of Lent is a time for intentional self-reflection, preparation, and a commitment to deep, faithful, living. In the early days of the church new Christians would embark on an intense spiritual journey of fasting, praying, devotion, and discipline during Lent in anticipation of being baptized on Easter. Shedding their old self in preparation for receiving new life in Christ as was promised in his resurrection, they would endure sacrifice, spiritual refinement, and, at the other end of Lent, a strong, unshakeable, growing and maturing faith in action.
Today, faithful Christians give themselves to this Lenten journey with the same faith, hope, and love as those early converts. We fast and pray. We give up our old self-centered ways and strive to make God the center of our lives. We follow Jesus’ example of love and self- sacrifice. We anticipate fulfillment of God’s promise at Easter… that from our imperfect, messy, and troubled lives, God can raise up new people, faithful people, powerful people capable of extending and expanding God’s Kingdom throughout creation.
This Lenten season, at St. Andrew UMC, we will take up the call for justice. Throughout the Old and New Testaments God’s primary and unwavering call upon all people is to submit fully to God in faithful obedience and to remember God’s mighty acts of love, liberation, and salvation. God’s call in this is unmistakable:
God has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)