- Tuesday | February 16, 2021
- 5:30 am - 5:45 am
[Each reflections is recorded and available at anytime.] https://www.crowdcast.io/contemplativeinterbeing
You’re invited to join us for the Lenten Journey of wondrous discovery and rediscovery. The Lenten Reflections will be approximately 10 to 15 minutes each day to accompany you during this time of letting go, regrounding, reshaping and redirecting.
The introduction to the Lenten Reflections is on Tuesday, February 16 and the recording is available anytime: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/lent1/1
Lent is about transformation, changing the form itself! Lent is not about changes. Yes, we do need an emotional charge to make most decisions, adopt specific behaviors, “give up candy for Lent,” or make some changes in our life. However, Jesus does not tend to give what we would call inspiring or motivational talks. Jesus is much more concerned about shaking your foundations, giving you an utterly alternative self image, world image, and God image, and thus reframing your entire reality. Mere inspiration can never do this.
If you depend on being emotionally inspired or newly motivated, you will need a new fix almost every day. If it is a true Gospel message, it will be more about regrounding, reshaping and redirecting you from your core. What matters is that you become an altogether new creation (Galatians 6:15). If you depend on being emotionally inspired or newly motivated, you will need a new fix almost every day.
The big rub is that to surrender and fall into this altogether new creation will always feel like dying. How could it not? It is a dying of the self that we thought we were. It will indeed be a “revolution of the mind” (Ephesians 4:23). Heart and body will soon follow.
Religion usually depends far too much on promotion instead of attraction. The essential religious question is always this: “You must get your WHO right!” Who is the subject here? Who is doing the acting, the loving, the motivating, the repenting? Is “little ol’ me” doing this or not doing this? All mature religion is somehow talking about finding your God self, your Christ self, your Buddha self, your Sufi dance. And when it happens, you know it was not a change after all, but a wondrous discovery and constant rediscovery of what was always true anyway.
May peace fill your life so love will overflow,