Every year, as we enter these last few weeks of Lent, I begin to feel the weight of the season. Lent is important to our appreciation of Easter. Resurrection does not come without the cross. The cross does not come without the sacrifice in the Garden of Gethsemane. Put another way, we cannot get to Easter without going through Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. The cross and tomb precede the resurrection.
That does not make the penitential, reflective time of Lent any easier. Each time I walk past the font, with dry pebbles in the bottom instead of holy water, I am reminded of Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness. I know Easter is coming, but so is Good Friday. So is the Cross and the tomb.
So I offer a word of encouragement. We have just over two weeks left before Easter. Let this time be for you a blessing. Let the remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice in the Garden, remind you of the sacrifices we all must make in life. Let Jesus’ cry on the cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” encourage you when you find yourself in those places of loss, grief, and struggle.
The resurrected Jesus shows us that life in God is found by entering into this life, not by seeking escape. Jesus appears, with the wounds of his crucifixion, and calls us to embrace life. He calls us to savor life, to love and cherish one another, even though we experience our own moments of forsakenness. Easter is coming.
Yours in Christ,