Lent,- the home-coming. ‘Come back to me with all your heart, don’t let fear keep us apart.’ Adam and Eve (=all of us!) turning for home at last: in the company of Jesus, coming back to the house of the ‘Father’, to our true home, to our true selves.
Lent, a spring-time, a new beginning, a time of longer days and more light and new growth:
Word Origin for ‘Lent’: before 1000; Middle English lente (n), Old English lencten, lengten spring, Lent, literally, lengthening (of daylight hours); cognate with Dutch lente, German Lenz spring.
Lent, a Journey: we are setting out on a journey together, as the followers of Jesus the Christ. Our journey with him is to Jerusalem, to the Upper Room, to Gethsemane, to the House of Caiaphas, to the Praetorium of Pilate, to the hill of Calvary, and then to the tomb, later the Empty Tomb! He is Lord, and he is walking this road with us, and opening up the Scriptures to us, so that our hearts will ‘burn within us’ (Luke 24).
‘Cross of Jesus, stand above us… sheltering tree of him who loves us… ‘ –all through this Lent. (From hymn ‘All through the Night’ by Richard Tobin C.Ss.R.)