As the season of Epiphany draws to a close and Lent draws near, it feels to me almost like Spring in reverse. The verdant green of the Epiphany season, indicating the fertile opportunity to learn about who Jesus is and how God feels about us darkens into the somber purples of Lent. The worship become more austere and penitential.
But like the change in the seasons, this arc seems natural, logical, and progressive. The Epiphany season begins with stories of the miracles of Jesus—visceral, easy perceived examples of Jesus’ divinity. It shifts to Jesus teaching about love and compassion and the cost of discipleship. Finally in Lent we are called to self-examination, conviction, and repentance. For me, the change seems to go from perceiving the God out there in the world to the God in our daily lives to the God in our very selves: a gradually closing, more intimate, more personal circle of contemplation.
So next week, even as we abruptly change liturgical colors, Eucharistic prayers, etc. try to not to experience this as a sudden change but rather the culmination of the Epiphany season. We still are seeking and finding God, but now the focus is on the domain of our selves and our souls, not the world around us.
Yours in Christ,