With everything going on over the past couple of weeks (my son being born, small stuff like that) I almost forgot that Lent is already upon us. Today marks the beginning of our journey to the glorious Easter morning.
We do not enter this period of fasting and prayer to attract God’s attention or to be noticed by other people. Lent is a way of paying attention to our own lives.
As we observe a holy Lent, we remember our baptism. We remember that we have already died once. The light of resurrection waits for us at the end of the journey. Ash Wednesday invites us to turn again, take up our cross, and move ahead on the way to meet the one who shapes us, marks us, claims us as his own.