Every year, the physical light in our world fades as we approach Advent, and with the birth of Christ, we welcome and usher in the Light both physical and spiritual. The celebrations continue and there is a moment’s pause when we observe the miracle and awe of Emmanuel — God with us.
For many years, I have felt the season of Lent as a call back into darkness. I can’t help but feel a little lost, even when the call is clear. Even when offered such a clear message like what we hear in Joel and Matthew today: Be pious and steadfast in prayer. It is a simply stated command, but why is it so hard?
On this first day of Lent, I wonder what might happen if we focus on the Light? To shift our attention from the pain or suffering and look towards the One who calls to us. There is no question. We are called to return in both love and devotion. I pray this Lent we put aside the distractions of our earthly world, quiet our minds, and let our hearts hear God. In this practice, we may patiently await the Light that is surely to come.
I humbly close with a prayer for you, for me, for the world. God be merciful to us sinners.