Greetings from the Editors of Pathways through Lent!
Many of the reflections for this Lenten season were written by gifted members of St. John’s Church weeks ago. We will continue publishing them each day for the wisdom and insight they provide in our Lenten pilgrimage. Many aspects of this season have changed in the light of the pandemic and the adjustments in our private and shared lives. Where we have space for new reflections related to these developments, we will include them as well.
The daily lectionary is composed to reflect on the past Sunday during the beginning of the week and to anticipate the coming Sunday later in the week. So also today: Hosea promises that God will heal, and Jesus affirms in Mark that loving God and each other is the key to all laws. These passages anticipate this coming Sunday: March 22 will be Laetare (Rejoice) Sunday, 4th Sunday in Lent, 21 days before Easter, sometimes called Rose Sunday. The old Catholic and Episcopal custom was to switch from purple to rose vestments for this Sunday. The lessons anticipate Easter joy in the midst of Lenten observance: Remembrance of the promises for David’s kingdom and a Gospel lesson about seeing the light, about Jesus taking away blindness.
What a novel time we live in! May Pathways continue to offer opportunities for reflection and pause in the midst of restrictions.
Sara McGanity and Jack Reiffer
Links to the appointed readings for today: