Most of us know that today marks the church’s entrance into the season of Lent. It all begins each year with Ash Wednesday.
It’s a 40-day season (not counting Sundays) centered in the examination of our lives through lament, repentance, and fasting. Perhaps many of our churches don’t regularly engage in these biblical practice. But we know Christ himself did. In all, Lent culminates with the weekend of Good Friday, Silent Saturday, and then Resurrection Sunday (April 2-4 this year).
But many people may ask why participate in Lent? It seems so stuffy and religious, so outdated.
The church new year launched two days ago as we entered the season of Advent. Many may ask why the church calendar? It sounds old, boring, and out-dated at best, or created to send us to our spiritual graves at worst.
At least those would have been my thoughts some years ago. But over the past decade I have been drawn to what we call the liturgical calendar.
Matter of fact, today is a major marker in the liturgical calendar of the American story. We call it the Super Bowl. In fact, this is the 50th annual premier football event, holding a most dear place within the American liturgical calendar.