AM Psalm 61, 62; PM Psalm 68:1-20(21-23)24-36
Gen. 42:1-17; 1 Cor. 5:1-8; Mark 3:19b-35
Your boasting is not a good thing. Do you not know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? Clean out the old yeast so that you may be a new batch, as you really are unleavened. For our paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed. Therefore, let us celebrate the festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
- 1 Corinthians 5: 6-8
Sometimes my soul feels cluttered like a grungy kitchen cabinet. Old assumptions and prejudices, like jars of stale herbs, get in the way even though they’re desiccated and forgotten. Worries and anxieties pile up uselessly, like almost-empty bags of dried beans and wild rice. Something sticky must have spilled weeks ago, gumming up my good intentions. And there’s a weird musty smell from somewhere in the back—an old grudge, mushy as a rotten potato.
In Lent, God invites us to do the cleaning that we’ve been putting off. It’s an invitation we hesitate to accept; usually we’d rather keep procrastinating, even as our storage capacity shrinks. It’s hard for me to open that door and face the ugly stuff. It takes time and energy to look at what I’ve been lugging around and to be honest about what I need to discard.
Sometimes Lent is about prayer or meditation; moving forward might mean apologizing to someone or having a difficult conversation. Whatever God calls us to do, it’s because that’s what we need in order to start again. The Spirit works with us to clear space for what is fresh and true and life-giving, to prepare for the feast of Easter.
- Christy Hosler