On the first Sunday of Lent, we always consider the temptations of Christ. We are off to an encouraging start! Actually, let us not misunderstand this. As I sought to communicate in last Sunday’s sermon, “Lent is really about glory”. “Glory is the excess, the radiance, the overflow of divine love.” Thus, “Lent is about discovering, accessing, yielding to divine love—albeit often hidden beneath our pain, our ordinariness, our distraction”.
Lent is not the spiritual Olympics. I sometimes forget this, and, a few steps into the Lenten journey, my resolutions fall by the wayside: too ambitious, too much about me. Our Lenten resolutions are about “discovering, accessing and yielding to divine love”. Now, there will be challenges, but they have already been met by Jesus. Whether my temptations to be unfaithful originate in my psyche fearful of surrender or from an outside force or both is difficult to know. What I do know is that, each day, I must choose to let myself be loved by and to love our Lord. Concrete, daily, sometimes baby steps, full of hope.
You will find on our website and in printed form in the church, 40 suggested ways to discover, access and yield to divine love. These are invitations to let oneself be loved by and to love our Lord. We are indeed off to an encouraging start, for Christ precedes us and, all along the way, promises to open to us the riches of His love.
Fr. Dominique, Brother-in-Christ
From the desk of the Rector