Do Lenten practices or conversations regarding themÂ give you the feeling that Big Brother is WatchingÂ like Locaccino, aÂ location tracking systemÂ being developed/used at Carnegie Mellon University? Click here to see a Chronicle of Higeher Ed video.
ORÂ does ourÂ Lenten journey point to and live in the reality ofÂ the preciousness of Christ’s blood:
The reason why Christâ€™s blood is â€œpreciousâ€ in the Fatherâ€™s sight is not that the Godhead likes blood. It is precious because Christâ€™s free sacrifice made it possible for the Father to offer to â€œall the worldâ€ a way to repair or to repent their sins, one that would respect human freedom. Not even God can forgive our sins by taking away our part in them. — from “Ash Wednesday,” by James Schall, S.J., The Catholic Thing, 2009.Â Â HT to Kevin for passing along this article by a professor at Georgetown University.
HaveÂ some of usÂ possibly even foundÂ ourselves celebrating aÂ Happy Ash Wednesday?
On Ash Wednesday, that purpose is very much about a person acknowledging that they want to concentrate on God and reduce whatever is keeping them from God. — Weblog: Happy Ash Wednesday, compiled by Ted Olsen, posted 3/01/2006 12:00AM
As Emerging Scholars,Â let us embrace and apply to our whole lives (including our vocation) the complex nature of a season which includes confession, self-detachment, identifying with the temptation/last days of Jesus the Christ, abstinence, and aligning ourÂ will with the will of God.*Â Over the course of the next 40 days (or so) there will be opportunity to share what you are giving up and what practices you are setting in place in order to dwell more deeply in the Presence of God and invest more richly in the mission of God.Â Come prepared to share regarding your ‘field experiments.’
For example, some have given up Facebook(!)Â Why?Â In order to have the time and energy to be present/real with those around them AND to focus upon their work.Â I’m scaling Facebook backÂ to increaseÂ family time.Â I’ll let you know how it goes, keep me accountable.
By God’s grace, may weÂ as His people journey through Lent finding ourselves to be well watered and fed through His Word and Spirit, and NOT mired in the things of the flesh, the devil, and the world.Â Â May weÂ become known as theÂ repairers of broken walls and restorer of streets with dwellings in our families, neighborhoods, and campuses.Â To be continued, including more from Isaiah 58. …
*Thank-you to Pastor Gene Wingert for sharing theseÂ generalÂ categoriesÂ at Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ’s Ash Wednesday Service.
Update: 2/13/2013. 8:30 pm.
About the author:
Tom enjoys daily conversations regarding living out the Biblical Story with his wife Theresa and their four girls, around the block, at Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church (where he teaches adult electives and co-leads a small group), among healthcare professionals as the Northeast Regional Director for the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA), and in higher ed as a volunteer with the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN). For a number of years, the Christian Medical Society / CMDA at Penn State College of Medicine was the hub of his ministry with CMDA. Note: Tom served with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship / USA for 20+ years, including 6+ years as the Associate Director of ESN. He has written for the ESN blog from its launch in August 2008. He has studied Biology (B.S.), Higher Education (M.A.), Spiritual Direction (Certificate), Spiritual Formation (M.A.R.), Ministry to Emerging Generations (D.Min.). To God be the glory!