Dear Parish Family,
Did you see it? Classic wasn’t it. You live in Barrie. Did you really think it would never come? Snow has come to Barrie and those who failed to prepare for it, saw the rest of us drive on down the road – A visual lesson in the value of Lent for our spiritual journey.
John the Baptist proclaimed “Prepare the way of the Lord.” Preparation is more than a Christmas thing. There is a reason they call it a spiritual journey – we only go from birth to death once. There is no “re-start” button. The choices we make shape who we are. If you want to get the best out of life, you have to be ready to fully embrace it, not it embrace you. I don’t think any of us would just walk out the door to go on a trip without some preparation. Where am I going? What is the best way to get there? What is the weather like? What medical precautions should it take? What kind, and how much, money do I need? Who has been there before who can guide me in my research and preparation? If you put this much effort into a two-week vacation (let’s say), why do you put so little effort into your spiritual journey which gives life depth and meaning?
So, back to winter. Why didn’t you take time to prepare? Did you think, “I/You don’t need to. Winters are a thing of the past because of Global Warming. Regular tires are good enough. It will just melt. OK. Or did you say to yourself, “I was going to get to it, I was just waiting for the snow to actually come.” It’s too late now so I will just wait for it to melt. Besides, it is someone else’s job to clear the roads and sidewalks – they failed to do it for me. OK. Or was the thought, “It doesn’t really matter.” I’m not going anywhere. I don’t need to because I go south and avoid this problem altogether. I may have missed a few excuses but you get the point. We have either all heard them or used them. Sadly, they mirror the same excuses we use to explain why we fail to take time to prepare ourselves for our spiritual journey.
Lent is the liturgical calendar’s yearly reminder that the acceptance of God’s offer of divine salvation expressed in the Incarnation requires a life of commitment. This commitment is not like insurance – pay once a year and only refer to it when needed – it is the constant attention to faithful daily living. So, back to the snow, it comes whether or not you prepare for it. If you are prepared, it doesn’t throw life into a turmoil. You weather the storm with grace. Faith is not a charm to ward off life’s pains but to give us the depth of meaning and purpose to face and overcome them. The more we know God and embrace our journey of faith, the more we are able to embrace life in all its fullness.
“I invite you therefore, in the name of the Lord, to observe a holy Lent by self-examination, penitence, prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, and by reading and meditating on the word of God.” BAS pg.282
Fr. David Warren
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