"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:21
Today is Ash Wednesday and with it begins the season of Lent. The verse above is part of a section of the gospel according to St. Matthew that is about not making a big deal of what it is that we do, but to just go about our business doing good and sacrificing of ourselves.
The idea of giving up something for Lent is a long standing tradition in the church, though it isn't thought of so much anymore. The idea was to give up doing something we would actually miss, but then with the words from Matthew reminding us not to make a big deal of it. There isn't a need to let everyone know how much we might be suffering for our faith. Rather we might be surprised , even enriched, by what we can live without.
Frederick Buechner writes, "In many cultures there is an ancient custom of giving a tenth of each year's income to some holy use. For Christians, to observe the forty days of Lent is to do the same thing with roughly a tenth of each year's days. After being baptized by John in the river Jordan, Jesus went off alone into the wilderness where he spent forty days asking himself the question what it meant to be Jesus. During Lent, Christians are supposed to ask one way or another what it means to be themselves."
What means the most to us? What might we give up? Or even, what we might add on, making a commitment to do something we know we need to do but don't? Give up, or add to, make this Lenten season a time to enrich our lives, as Christians, quietly.
In the peace and power of the cross,
"Gracious God, out of your love and mercy your breathed into dust the breath of life, creating us to serve you and our neighbors. Call forth our prayers and acts of kindness, and strengthen us to face our mortality with confidence in the mercy of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one god, now and forever. Amen.
Ash Wednesday Service this evening at 6:30 pm
Soup/Bread suppers begin Wednesday February 24 @ 5:45 pm
followed by Evening worship at 6:30 pm
Congregational Meeting/Quarterly Town Hall Meeting at 12:00 pm, Sunday 2/21
Remember in prayer:
Darlene, Larry, Helen, Jessica