How exciting it is to welcome the Christian season of Lent. But what is Lent?
Lent is a season of repentance. From the earliest days of Judaism, there was a Hebrew word that was pronounced tshuva or teshuva. The word meant return.
Repentance was a step in the process of atonement of sin.
I think of the Beatles’ song, “Get Back.” Get back to where you once belonged.
Spring is just around the corner, and soon there will be spring cleaning done. Out with the old, and in with the new. And repentance is the cleaning out of the soul, if you will. It is a symbolic period of forty days before Easter.
And the number 40 was often used in the Bible to denote a time after a trial period. The rain 40 days and 40 nights. The 40 years of wandering. The 40 days of fasting for Jesus.
So, consider this time before Easter your trial time period. This is your time to get ready and to clean up.
I give you a challenge. Pray the book of Psalms this Lent. It only takes about 5 hours or so. You can order it online and even listen to it. Play the Psalms in your car, or at home.
The Psalms are real-life emotions. There you will find happiness, sadness, misery, betrayal, arrogance, condescending attitudes and even rudeness and raw spirit. The Psalms will help you connect with God like nothing else.
I want to welcome the new members that have joined us…yes, we are growing. Our idea of prayer is catching on. If you have been on the fence…join our group and start praying seven times a day, prayers of your choice, but pray. Our world needs prayer like no other time.
God bless you and happy spring cleaning.
Sr. Bernadette Maria