In the Sunday readings we hear the story of Abram, who set out on a long journey, to an unknown destination late in life. He left his home, was given a new name, founded a faith (Judaism), and became the progenitor of a new nation.
We hear the story of Nicodemus who made his journey at night from the safety and security of an established position as a leader and elder in his religious tradition to encounter a radical Rabbi who offered a completely fresh experience of God.
Each year the Church undertakes its journey through Lent–from ashes to Easter–marking the weeks with the traditions of fasting, prayer and service, but also with reflection, repentance and renewal.
Those who have begun the Spiritual Pilgrimage at St. Luke’s are making their own journey, sometimes with an unknown or unclear destination. They have set out with hope, faith and perhaps some anxiety. To explore the way of Jesus in our current culture and context is to bump up against resistance, ignorance, indifference, and the misconceptions that come from those who use Christianity to reinforce their own views and prejudices.
We are changed by these journeys. We may return to our homes, but see them in a new light. We will discover new things about ourselves and live into a new identity. This can happen over time or in an instant. The wind of the Spirit carries us. The living water of Jesus replenishes us. God recreates us anew.
I wish you a blessed Lent,