Tuesday, February 20, 2007

First Sunday in Lent – C1

First Sunday in Lent – C1

Years C
Deuteronomy 26:1-11

When you have come into the land of Lent that is your inheritance, take the fruit of your journey and remember how you have come to where you are. Then, celebrate the bounty of your Lenten landscape.

So often we forget that Lent is a journey that is important, in and of itself. We are so much in a hurry to get to Easter that we forget it is the wandering Aramean in us that will mysteriously land us in a new relationship with G*D, creation, one another, aliens, and our self. It doesn't come on our schedule and so rejoicing along the way and remembering Forrest Gump's injunction that bounty is as bounty is received - we enter with no expectation of getting to Easter, just journeying.

This might be a time of recognizing ourselves as illegal immigrants or aliens in a strange land. In this Lenten recognition we will find a fine harvest.

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are we there yet
so demands the kid
in the back of my head

beauty all around
imagination and conversation so rich
and such impatience

bounty drips through fingers
celebration dies aborning
this is not Lent but pre-Easter

kid, its time we pulled over
to rejoice we have come this far
to play with what we have

blessed one, let's move on
wasn't it good to have been there
isn't it good to be here

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