The Christian faith is different. It is unlike the religions of the world. While they revolve around ideas, doctrines, philosophies or rules, the Christian faith centers on an event. We call it the “Christ Event.” God put on our humanity and came to us. The “Christ Event” is the birth, life, death and resurrection of the God/man Jesus Christ.
So, just as we celebrated Advent and Christmas, we now find ourselves in a season that is just as important and just as meaningful. This is the Season of Lent.
Lent extends from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday (forty days plus Sundays). It is a time of reflection, of considering Christ’s sufferings and rethinking how we are called to take up our own crosses and follow Him.
Christians are not preoccupied with death. We’re preoccupied with life because of the hope of the resurrection. But we can’t comprehend resurrection without facing the reality of death. And so, just as Jesus discussed His death many times before He laid down His life, we will also consider the meaning of His death. We want to understand. But we cannot understand with our minds alone. We must try to grasp the love of Christ with our whole beings. That is why Lent is so important—it empowers us to take hold of resurrection in this life and in the life to come.
Jesus said, “Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds” (John 12:24). On Sundays and Wednesdays—through music, sermons and sacraments—we will ask Him to bring new seeds of life to us.
The Apostle Paul expressed our desire clearly—“I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection…” (Philippians 3:10).