Lent is such a special time to consider our rich heritage as people of the Book, the heirs of all who have preceded us on the faith journey with God.
For that reason this Lent we will spend our daily reflection time with those great ones who have gone before us. We will listen as God speaks to them and so to us in words that do not lose their impact with the passing of time. Discipleship is not new; from the beginning of God’s actions with the people of Israel, God was forming them to be hearers and doers of God’s word. Isn’t this what we wish to be during this sacred season?
If this record has come down to us it is because our ancestors in faith thought these phrases important. Jesus too must have heard them proclaimed in the synagogues of Galilee. Might we not in our prayer time sit beside Him on a bench in one of these meeting places and listen, as He did, to the concerns of God.
But we cannot just listen, can we? We have to formulate a plan of prayer and of deliberate steps for growth on our spiritual journey. May we pray with and for each other during these days from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday, ever mindful that others are traveling beside us, trying as we are to give God’s words new life.