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March 2018 Magazine
At the time of reading this, we will have begun the season of Lent; a season which invites us to journey towards the last week of Jesus’ life (‘Holy Week’), culminating in the remembrance of Jesus’ crucifixion on Good Friday and the celebration of his resurrection on Easter Sunday.
The length of Lent (40 days) is related to the time Jesus spent in the wilderness before the beginning of his public ministry. Mark’s gospel tells us that Jesus was sent into the desert by the Spirit, where he was tempted by Satan. Whilst this must have been a testing time for Jesus, it was an important period before he stepped out onto the stage of human history. Whilst we don’t know much about Jesus’ time in the wilderness, it must have been a time of deep reflection and dialogue within himself and something the Spirit led him into for good reasons.
Many Christians have found Lent a helpful time to try and imitate this time of reflection and inner-examination, with a particular focus on ways in which we may need to change or give attention to areas of our character or lifestyle which may not be as honouring to God as they might be. We may not find this easy, but it is a worthwhile effort to make. Some Christians find it helpful to give something up during Lent as a means of exercising the muscle of self-discipline; on the Diocese of Lichfield website you can see Bishop Michael talking about why he gives up eating meat in Lent – along with some other videos about ‘Chad Living’. Some Christians like to take something else on during Lent, rather than giving something up, like reading a Christian book or making a particular effort to pray each day or read a particular book of the Bible. If you haven’t given these ideas much thought before, why not make a start today?
You may also have heard about #LiveLent 2018 which is a 6 week discipleship journey through the gospel of John exploring what it means to be a witness. Each day from Ash Wednesday to Easter Day, there is a short reading, pause for reflection and an idea for a simple action which will enable the light of Jesus to shine through our everyday lives. Have a look at the Church of England website for more information – you can order booklets or sign up for daily SMS alerts or emails.
Finally, do look at our list of services and events, particularly during Holy Week and Easter, where we can join together in journeying the last week of Jesus’ life, and in celebrating his resurrection.
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