Are you ready for the Lenten discipline of celebrating each step on the way home to join the great family for the homecoming feast?
— by Tom Sine —
Last night Christine prepared a magnificent Greek feast for a wonderful group of friends to celebrate another year of growing up and growing older.
The feast included roast leg of lamb, oven roasted potatoes, beets and onions and two wonderful salads. The first salad was comprised of roasted eggplants, red peppers, onions, zucchini and pistachios dressed in a wonderful yogurt sauce with garlic, cumin, oregano, honey and cilantro. The second was a lovely spinach salad with avocado, tomatoes, cukes, green onions, olives and abundant feta cheese. The dolmades were heavenly filled with rich brown rice, olive oil and onions.
This feast was a wonderful foretaste of the great homecoming feast shared with Christine and some of those I care about. So what in the world does this have to do with the season of Lent? Everything! Remember last week I mentioned to you that Lent always begins with a very “ashy” reminder of our mortality? I introduced you to a few of my mentors that I am deeply indebted to who have already past on to their reward.
But also remember that though every Lent begins with ashes it always ends with a wondrous feast of that Easter morning in which all things are made new in the risen Christ.
There is a memorable scene in Thornton Wilder’s play Our Town in which one of the principles passes into that world of the ashes but is able to look back on this world and pine for those ordinary moments that too often we the living take for granted.
One of the messages of Lent is not only to deeply reflect on how we need to change but also to earnestly pray every day what Jesus taught us… Dear God let your Easter Feast come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Dear Lord let your will be done for the so many who have tasted so little of the goodness of your wonderful creation. Seat them at the chairs of honor at the great homecoming feast.
More than that, help us dear God to be a little of the answer to that prayer for the so many who have tasted so little of your hope and love….while we have breath…dear God while we have breath.
Please write and tell me not only how you are preparing for that wonderful Easter feast… more than that, tell me how you are attempting to be an answer to your prayers for the so many who tasted so little of the goodness of our God and this bountiful creation.