The Contemplative Companion for Tuesday, February 28, 2017

“Peter began to say to Jesus, ‘We have given up everything and followed you.’ “- Mark 10.28

“Offer to God praise as your sacrifice and fulfill your vows to the Most High.” – Psalm 50.14

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday. A day that marks the start of our Lenten journey. An inward journey. Forty days. A tithe unto the Spirit. A tenth of the year for rending us more open to the realm of the cross and resurrection life.

Among other things, “Ash is the material part of light.“*  The ash reminds us that we are from the stars. We are born by the Spirit from above. We are material light.

And we are also of this earth – from its evolution and decay – the dust of the earth.

We are hybrids. Star fire and earth dust.

In Lent we are invited to re-kindle the lights of repentance. We are called by the Mystery of Devotion to keep our vows burning unto God. Unto love.

What will you offer as your sacrifice? For whom or what will you suffer this Lent so to be more awake to God and to love? Is there someone for whom you can dedicate you Lenten suffering? Will you suffer on their behalf? For their transformation, blessing or healing?

Let us prepare to re-kindle the lights of repentance – of turning away from self, and more toward love. Of changing the direction in which we are habitually choosing our own pleasure and comfort, ease and satisfaction.

I wish to keep the lights of repentance burning. I wish to be  drawn like a moth to the great Resurrection flame. Perhaps you do too.

*From the movie Naga: The Eternal Yogi

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