Dear Friends in Christ,
As we progress through the month of March, we will be enfolded in all aspects of Christ’s journey to Jerusalem, as He responds to the central call of Salvation history-obedience to the will of his father and the destiny for which he was born.
A Lenten practice during this month could be to focus on the Lenten readings and listen for revelation. What do I mean by this? Here are a few thoughts that may be helpful guide posts.
When we study the Bible we should be aware of who wrote the particular passage, to whom were they writing, what the situation was at the time that prompted them to write. We try to understand the passage in light of all those questions. The scriptures have to be interpreted in the light of tradition. A definition of tradition is this: tradition is the record of Christians through the centuries, both understanding and misunderstanding God. Because we misunderstand God on occasion, it’s very important that we bring the third ingredient, reason, to the theological process.
We believe as Episcopalians that God is still speaking to us. We do not believe that the scriptures were closed and God said, “That’s it. You’re on your own now. I’m not ever going to speak to you again. Everything you need to know is in the book.” We don’t believe that at the end on the Ecumenical Councils, God simply turned his back on us and said, All right gang you are on your own know. I am not ever going to talk to you again.” We believe that God still talks to us through reason, intuitive reasoning of the artist and the poet and the musician. God still talks to us through the factual reasoning of the scientist, the sociologist, psychology, and psychiatry. We believe that all seeking leads to God, for all knowledge comes from God and all knowledge will take us back to God.
The Episcopal Church is a very spiritual church. We place great emphasis on the three persons of the Holy Trinity as “Holy Father, Holy Son, Holy Spirit. It is through the guidance of the Holy Spirit we continue to understand God’s ongoing revelation.
Blessings for a Holy Lent,