February 4, 2008 -
The word CELEBRATE means to make something unique. It means to hold up to the world in a unique way something in which we believe. With this in mind, students and staff of our Sudbury Catholic Schools will join Catholics around the world in celebrating the beginning of Lent on February 6, 2008 - also known as Ash Wednesday.|
The Lenten season is a gift of healing and renewal. Like our Hebrew ancestors, we sometimes struggle with desert experiences for a long time. Before Jesus started his public ministry, he withdrew into the desert. Like his ancestors, his experience was a struggle. Being in the desert is not easy. One would not call it a celebration, but if a celebration holds up to the world a belief in a unique way, then these desert experiences are truly celebrations. Both the Hebrews and Jesus discovered a gift. They discovered something about themselves, their relationship with God and their relationship with others. They discovered that God is constantly calling us to live in a relationship. God presents us with many opportunities to grow in this relationship. Time and again we might fail but time and again God offers us the opportunity to renew this relationship . . . Lent is such a time . . .
Lent is a time of healing. It is a time to remember and to embrace memories. By embracing memories, we open our hearts to healing. The good memories are easy to recall and relive but we would rather forget the painful ones. Memories of being isolated, neglected, ridiculed, unloved, misunderstood or devalued are part of all our personal stories. Our willingness to be open to the wounds is a way of taking ownership of the truth and in doing so we that can start the journey of healing. Taking ownership of the wound helps personal healing and it can help individuals to become the instrument of healing to others.
But Lent is not the end! Lent is a celebration which prepares us to celebrate the feast of feasts, EASTER. With God, life and love have the final word. As St. Paul said, “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor heights, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”(Romans. 8:38-39)
Enjoy the celebration!