March 2017 News and Reflection

You can view the March parish newsletter here.

Hello COS Family,

I came back to the church around this time last year after being away for over ten years, and it was a little peculiar for me. I would imagine that  Lent is an interesting time to visit a church for the first time – the liturgy is more penitential, the hymns are somber, and there’s less decor. But at the same time, Christian spirituality seems to reach its peak during Lent. It’s the time when we are  most reflective of the burden of sin in our lives and the redemptive gift of Christ’s suffering, death, and resurrection.

I had already been used to this shift in environs from my childhood growing up in the Roman Catholic Church. Back then, Lent meant giving up chocolate and soda for six weeks – which as an adult I may find silly, but it was a sacrifice for my eight or nine year old self. This year, I’m being thoughtful  about what I want to sacrifice and focus on in Lent, and not just give something up simply because I have to. I am committing to being more disciplined about my prayer life, more intentional about my time, and digging deep into the work of dismantling my internalized racism.

This may seem like a tall order for six weeks, but there’s no better time to start than now!

In faith,

Ricky
Life Together Fellow