Lent Reflection: 3/27/2013

3/27/2013 Taylor Jetmundson (C’16)
Jeremiah 17:5-10, 14-17
Philippians 4:1-13
John 12:27-36

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved. I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion, help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life. Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you. -Philippians 4:1-13

I rejoice in the Lord greatly that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned for me, but had no opportunity to show it. Not that I am referring to being in need; for I have learned to be content with whatever I have. I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

When talking about Lent, I often find myself talking about what I gave up or what I took on, and often that was all Lent was about for me. Lent was the time to be a good Christian by making small sacrifices. However, Lent is much more than that. When Jesus went into the wilderness, it was about more than just sacrifices. In the reading from Philippians, Paul reminds us that our minds should always engage with God. Lent is a time for reflection, making sacrifices to help us grow closer to God. Paul tells the Philippians that by always rejoicing in God and praying to God, we will be filled and content. If we let ourselves be filled, we will not focus on what we gave up, but the love of God.