Hill Top Farm in Winter, Maxfield Parrish, 1949. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.” Matthew 17:9.Sunday we turn from our winter church-year seasons toward the spring seasons of Lent and Easter. The Sunday of the Transfiguration is the culmination of the Epiphany season and the turning pole that directs us toward Lent.I really hope that at least a few more of you will give some thought to keeping Lent in a way that is right for you. It’s the season of spiritual planting, of devotions and disciplines. In Lent we are called to do Christian things. As you do Christian things, good things might happen.The world may be served by Christ’s love.
You may experience a sense of purpose and peace beyond your job and the expectations of our society.
Your church community will be strengthened. If we were a soccer team (instead of a congregation) and every member of our team came to every game and to every practice, we would become a better soccer team. Same with a congregation. If the members of the church come to worship on Sunday morning and outside of worship try to do Christian things, the congregation grows and becomes strong. It’s as simple as that, really.
As your Lenten discipline you might
come to church every Sunday in Lent.
attend the special services of the season: Ash Wednesday, healing, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter.
in addition to your weekly offering, give an extra amount to our anniversary campaign.
call your mother every week.
stop drinking soda or eating doughnuts.
start an exercise program.
It’s your life and it’s your Lent. The possibilities are unlimited.