We approach Eastertime. The grace of Easter changes everything! Mary Magdalene went in the predawn to the tomb of Jesus (John 20:1-18). It was dark. She found the tomb empty. We can only imagine shock added to her grief.
If we find ourselves outside at sunset and the sky is clear, we can remember how light surprises. As shadows lengthen and the sun dips below the horizon, we can sense the gradual retreat of daylight. Soon, twilight advances and dusk gives way to approaching darkness. This daily transition opens the night sky to our vision. Gradually the stars begin to appear through the blue-gray haze of late evening. The dark of night invites the stars to reveal themselves. More and more, they sparkle in the night sky. They are always there, but visible now only in the darkness. These celestial beacons keep watch through the night, ever vigilant and faithful.
Our Lent has been affected by uncertainty and concern for our world. Our prayer, fasting, and almsgiving have become very real.
A family had gathered for a celebration, and one of the younger children, a little boy of three, had just received a cookie for dessert. He relished the sweet, parading through the kitchen with his prized possession. The host family had two playful pups. One of the dogs snatched the cookie! The outraged little boy cried out, “THAT WAS MINE!!!”
This week, our Careful Lent topic of fasting will be a springboard to a reflection on food. Catholics fast on two days in Lent, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Lent begins and ends thinking about eating! Sometimes when we reduce or moderate something we enjoy, it helps us clarify its real value.