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).
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.