The Season of Lent is just around the corner – we begin to notice during this time of the Liturgical year as strange Latin words are included in the Heading of our Bulletins – that is, the words Septuagesima, Sexagesima, and Quinquagesima. These simply remind us that Easter is seventy, sixty and fifty days away – excluding Sundays because these are called “Little Easters.”
The Last Sunday after the Epiphany is February 23rd followed by Trinity’s great Shrove Tuesday feast on February 25th and Ash Wednesday the next day. Our forty day journey, excluding Sundays, will end with the Easter Vigil on Saturday evening, April 11th.
Each year there are a variety of programs for parishioners to prayerfully consider including in their Lenten journeys. This year there will be a very special program with a gathering of interested pilgrims for a Lenten Book Study. This year we will be reading together Max Lucado’s newest work, Jesus – The God Who Knows Your Name. This New York Times bestselling author will take us further on the journey to know the life and character of the Savior. Countering our desire to keep Jesus’ humanity out of his incarnation by compartmentalizing him as a divine teacher we miss much of what God wants us to know about him. Lucado’s purpose in writing this book is that the “Hero of all history (may) talk to (us) personally, and that we find in him the answer to (our) deepest needs.” Lucado’s introduction concludes with:
We can know not just facts about Jesus but his heart, his
joy, his passion, his pain, and his sorrows, and why he gave
so much to save us. Look long into the heart of Christ and
you will see more clearly the person you were created to be.
The book is now available from Fr. Michael for $13 – let him know if you would like a copy so you can join this Lenten Book Group. We will be meeting on the Tuesday evenings of March 3rd, March 24th and April 7th at 7:30 PM in the rectory. Everyone who reads this book is encouraged to participate in the group discussions so our individual Lenten journeys and readings can be shared with others – remember Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem and ultimately to Calvary was walked with his disciples and others. There are great study/review questions at the end of the book that will lend themselves to this meaningful time of sharing.