Sundays in Lent not of Lent

The Sundays IN Lent are not OF Lent, as the Christian life IN the world is not OF the world. Our walk here, our time here is not in vain but absolutely filled with the purposes and presence of God! Jesus has risen from the dead, and we have been raised with Him to share in the new life and new world His resurrection has created.

Lent is a season of reflection and repentance, and St. Paul’s admonition encourages us to be ready to hear what at first we may not want to hear. God’s story is still being told inviting men of every sort to hear it, to forsake their own ideas and join in…to come be a part of what God is doing…to come be a part of God’s kingdom coming to earth. “Do not receive the grace of God in vain,” St. Paul wrote. “Today is the day of salvation,” he insisted.

God's grace is abundant. His story is still being told. Therefore, don’t listen to His story and yet not hear his story. Don’t hear His story and walk away unchanged and not a part of it. The church's doors are open, His table is set, His Spirit has come;
we must not live in these days filled with the light of God's grace as if we were still in the dark. We must not stop up our ears when day after day the heavens are telling of the glory of God and declaring His handiwork. There is forgiveness for sin, deliverance from its effects and a new life to live. “Repent for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand,” Jesus proclaimed. During Lent especially may we learn to hear what we may not want to hear…and as a result determine to live within God’s story…pursuing a way of life that honors Him and refreshes our neighbor. May we not receive the grace of God in vain but rather avail ourselves to grace's power to change our lives, save our souls and remake our world. Amen.

Bp. Peter Manto