Reflections for Lent 2019

On April 6, 2019, Community of Christ will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the dedication of the Temple in Independence. As it happens, that celebration will fall during the 40-day season of Lent, which in 2019 runs from March 6 (Ash Wednesday) through April 20 (the day before Easter).

Traditionally, Lent is a season of self-examination and repentance. It is an opportunity to take stock of our discipleship: Where are we in relation to where God wants us to be? This year, in observance of the 25th anniversary of the Independence Temple, I have created a series of daily reflections for Lent, focused on the call to “become a people of the Temple” (Doctrine and Covenants 161:2a).

Lent 2019

The reflections are based on passages from the Bible, Doctrine and Covenants, and the Book of Mormon. The series of reflections will work through the following weekly themes:

ASH WEDNESDAY (Mar. 6-9)
A people of the Temple seek and receive forgiveness

FIRST WEEK OF LENT (Mar. 10-16)
A people of the Temple seek transformative encounters with God

SECOND WEEK OF LENT (Mar. 17-23)
A people of the Temple prepare for ministry

THIRD WEEK OF LENT (Mar. 24-30)
A people of the Temple promote wholeness of body, mind, and spirit

FOURTH WEEK OF LENT (Mar. 31-Apr. 6)
A people of the Temple promote peace, reconciliation, and healing

FIFTH WEEK OF LENT (Apr. 7-13)
A people of the Temple offer welcome to all

HOLY WEEK (Apr. 14-20)
A people of the Temple follow Christ in the way of suffering love

I had hoped to be able to make the entire series of reflection available in booklet form at the beginning of Lent, as I did with the Temple-themed Advent reflections I wrote at the beginning of this liturgical year. Unfortunately, I’m still writing. So I will have to make the reflections available one at a time, day by day. Look for the first reflection to be posted here on the morning of Ash Wednesday, Mar. 6.

I will eventually make the entire series available in booklet form, so people can reuse the reflections in future years, if they wish.

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