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St. Paul’S on the hill and Trinity Episcopal Churches – Ossining, New York
Volume 2 Number 3 March 2021
“This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5)
As I write on this Friday in Lent, the sun is shining, it’s comfortable to be outside without gloves, and big sections of the backyard are showing their long-snow-covered green again. Even in these most solemn days of our liturgical year, we are reminded routinely that the God we worship is One whose essence is light. We observe our Lenten disciplines so that we can be in that light as fully as possible, setting aside those things that have blocked it.
For us as Christians, fasting in any form is never done as hardship for its own sake; it is done to make room for God where there would otherwise be none. Penitence and celebration are always a dialectic; we abstain from earthly things in order to welcome the divine. We are reminded of this throughout our lives, perhaps most clearly during this penitential time: God never stops being light and wants us to be illuminated by that light. Our task is simply to get out of our own way and allow the light to show us who we really are… (Read More)