Reflection for Tuesday, March 12, 2013: 4th week in Lent.

dc.contributor.authorBorchers, Paten_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorBorchers, Patrick J.en_US Ien_US 4en_US
dc.description.abstractAs I am writing this we are early in Lent, with a considerable snowstorm here in Omaha. As you read this, we will be on the downhill run to Easter and I'm hoping the snow has melted.||I confess to having a perpetually ambiguous relationship with Lent. At least here in the Northern Hemisphere, it begins in the lonely days of winter, and the thought of making sacrifices besides those imposed on us by our climate has never been an easy thing for me. But then again the relatively trivial dietary restrictions I impose on myself are a tiny sacrifice next to the suffering much of the world endures, so I feel petty for complaining, even silently to myself.|Much of my difficulty comes from viewing Lent in negative terms. I'm NOT doing this and I'm NOT doing that. It helped me some years ago when a Jesuit friend of mine told me that Lent is a word for spring. (Of course, again, only those of us in the Northern Hemisphere can take that literally, as south of the equator you're in the tail end of summer and heading towards early fall.) But the notion of spring helped me to think of it as a chance to prepare my soul and spirit like tilling the earth for planting. Each Easter is a perpetual victory over death as we are restored and the green shoots of rejuvenation poke up from the ground in search of the sunlight above.|So if you haven't had a "good" Lent so far, it's never too late. It's never too late to prepare for the joy of Easter through, yes, the joy of Lent.en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 245en_US
dc.program.unitVP for Academic Affairsen_US
dc.program.unitSchool of Lawen_US
dc.program.unitWerner Instituteen_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.subject.local1Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9en_US
dc.subject.local4John 5:1-3a, 5-16en_US
dc.titleReflection for Tuesday, March 12, 2013: 4th week in Lent.en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US
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