The start date moves around year to year, and here we are again approaching those 40 (ish) days leading up to Easter. While we can go round and round debating the merit of celebrating the birth of Christ on December 25th, for the early Christians, the days leading up to Easter and the weeks following formed the essence of beliefs for which they were willing to give their lives. For modern Christians, Lent has often lost that sense of the profound. Not limited to, but often associated with Catholics, it is a period of giving things up — chocolate, meat on Fridays, etc. And if you want to take that approach, well, I suppose it might be better than just blowing it off and simply looking forward to a visit by a big rabbit who lays eggs. But what if it could be more? What if you took that 40 days and really made it count? What if … every single day from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday you took just a few minutes to focus in on what this season is really about?
Three and a half weeks from now, we begin Lent. For the six weeks that follow, I invite you to join me in reconnecting with our Lord via a simple but profound book from Matthew Kelly. “Rediscover Jesus” is a journey. A pilgrimage back into a deep and abiding relationship with Jesus Christ. Kelly is a Catholic writer and our journey will be guided by resources from Dynamic Catholic, but this is not a “Catholic thing”. It is a “Christian thing” and folks from all Christian faith traditions are welcome to join us. More than the usual daily devotional pamphlet, “Rediscover Jesus” will help us focus what it is we not only believe about Christ, but how we put that believe into practical action. It will make you laugh. It will make you cry. It will build you up and probably, at least a couple times, break you down. Take it seriously though and it will transform you.
You will receive a copy of the book and participation is simply this …. read a couple of pages every day during lent and check in with a Facebook group. You may post your thoughts to the group, but this is not required. You can choose to simply take it all in. There is no cost. We ask only that you make the commitment to take a few minutes every day and be mindful of the season. If you are interested, simply click the Contact link above and drop me a line. This is not limited to local folks of course, but handing you a book would require that … for those far away, see this link to order the book in Kindle or print format… http://amzn.to/1Kuv93w
A quick bit about me … I am a practicing, though perpetually questioning/pondering/discerning Catholic. I have a graduate degree in lay ministry and have continued my graduate studies in theology and scripture and will graduate next May with another masters degree. I have a deep concern about the lack of unity among the people of God. Perhaps it is simply human nature to find it so easy to focus on differences while ignoring the similarities. I am neither a glass half empty, not a glass half full advocate. I’d simply point out that the glass can be refilled. Like my core conviction that properly nourished with food, rest and exercise our bodies have an amazing ability to heal themselves, I also believe we can … no, we must .. do the same for our spiritual side. My perspective as a Catholic is not very mainstream. I was a convert in my early 20s, but at a time when that process was lacking. It wouldn’t be until more than a decade later that I truly made that decision. Today, the academic pursuits may generate more questions than answers but they have deepened the conviction that I have chosen the right path in coming back to a deep commitment to my faith. Regardless of your Christian faith tradition, I hope you will join me. Again, this is a not a Catholic thing.. it is a Christ thing so let us cast our nets far and wide….