We approach the Lenten season with an emphasis on interiority, personal investigation, and contrition -- the intentional work seeking a change of heart or actions. Reflection and change take work, hard work. Lent can be like a boot camp for the soul, a restart in focused area. We walk this season together, demanding the best of ourselves, ready to support one another, and prepared to see truths that shatter our self-understanding.
The range of the readings in this season is the full breadth of lived human experience from creation to death and new life. The pastor has the opportunity to place the significant life events of the community in this season, paralleling the false choices of temptation with conditions of suffering in the world today.