Reflections: Lent

The season of Lent is upon us and now is the time when we begin the process of deep cleaning our bodies and our souls in anticipation of the “Day of Salvation.” As we look forward to Pascha/Easter we see Hope. Hope not only for ourselves but for all people. It is now that we attend to that portion of the Gospel which tells us that Salvation is not for those who do not think they need it but for those of us who know we desperately need it. Christ said that only those who are sick are in need of a doctor. Are you sick with sin? Are you sick of sin? The season of Lent is just what the Doctor ordered. Look to Christ our Great Physician for an extra dose of healing during this time. Turn to Him. See only Him. Allow yourselves to be healed by him. Spiritual healing is always accompanied by emotional and physical healing as well. They are the necessary result of spiritual healing. Inseparable. Just because He does the healing does not mean that we do not need to participate. This is not a time for mere passive involvement. We must enter Lent with the intention of fully and actively participating in whatever He has for us. We must cooperate with Him. Work out our salvation with fear and trembling as St. Paul tells us to do. We cannot do it alone nor will Christ do it alone. He wants to have a healing relationship with us. Relationship, by definition, cannot be one sided. Do you have that relationship with Him? If so, take the season of Lent to deepen it. If not there is no time like the present. The Epistle reading for Ash Wednesday says, “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” If you truly do not know Him as your Savior I encourage you to contact you local priest or clergyman. Or you may contact us as well. We, like Jesus, turn away no one.

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