On the last Sunday of Epiphany, we talked about how our church year seasons are changing from Epiphany (a season of aha moments) into a new journey to Jerusalem. As always, our focus is on how the church season and scripture can empower us to see God in the world and to “be” God in the world as revealed in Jesus’ life.
How is it that God was revealed in life through the past church season? Our texts were focused on light and how God brings light into the world. How is it that we see the light of God and what do we do once we “see the light”?
Discussion about epiphanies or aha moments always brings us to the word “conversion”. Why? Because once we see the light, we are in the position to act on what is learned or revealed. Many denominations teach that conversion is a one-time event. Yet, when we look at the Greek word for conversion (metanoia or μετάνοια), there is a continual movement towards God. Conversion is not a one-time event, but a turning to God that is constant for as humans. We are constantly bombarded with that which pulls our attention away from God. Conversion always points back to God.
Today, March 1, is Ash Wednesday. The day when we remember our mortality. The day when we remember that we are all fallible and cannot last forever. We are finite beings in need of the infinite which is God. This celebration of Ash Wednesday sets us on the road to Jerusalem with Jesus.
As we walk this journey through the Lenten season, we want to be aware that life is about the journey. What are we learning along the way? Who do we encounter? How do we respond to others on this journey? Our focus in our group for the coming weeks will be on this question, What does it mean to be on the road to Jerusalem?
We will look at the texts for Lent as a starting point. Each Sunday we will discuss Jesus’ response to the people, to the disciples, and to God as he moves towards Jerusalem (the city where they killed the prophets). We will also talk about suffering and how God teaches and heals us even in our suffering, even if God does not cause the suffering.
Additional reading that will inspire you: Thoughts at the Beginning of Lent by The Reverend Alicia Rapking
Your word is a light for my path. —Psalms 119:105