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Joel 2.1-2, 12-17

                The word of the LORD that came to Joel son of Pethuel: Hear this, O elders, give ear, all inhabitants of the land! Has such a thing happened in your days, or in the days of your ancestors? The vine withers, the fig tree droops. Pomegranate, palm, and apple– all the trees of the field are dried up; surely, joy withers away among the people. Put on sackcloth and lament, you priests; wail, you ministers of the altar. Come, pass the night in sackcloth, you ministers of my God! Grain offering and drink offering are withheld from the house of your God.

                Sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly. Gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land to the house of the LORD your God, and cry out to the LORD. Alas for the day! For the day of the LORD is near, and as destruction from the Almighty it comes. Is not the food cut off before our eyes, joy and gladness from the house of our God? The seed shrivels under the clods, the storehouses are desolate; the granaries are ruined because the grain has failed.

 

From Rev. Thaddaeus B. Allen, Regional Minister

God calls us to return with “all your heart,” and to “Return to the Lord, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love.”   The good news, Brothers and Sisters, is that we are being called together afresh this Lent. Lent can be a very powerful time of renewal for the faithful. A solemn assembly of God’s very own (infants, youth and those who have the Gift of Years) is called into being. Thus holy Lent is a time of great gathering of Christ’s Church.

The body of Christ is being consecrated again in the great anticipation of God’s grace and forgiveness. We are not just being called into a private time of reflection and examination, although this is never to be underestimated; but we must be mindful that the community of the baptized is being called collectively to turn to God and to avail ourselves of all that God wants us to have and to experience.

Even in the midst of a world that too often times makes no sense, our God calls us home to grace, mercy, halted anger, and abundant steadfast love. Together we are called towards God in these important and life giving holy days. Let us go together.

 

May we return to you, dear God, with loving and trusting hearts.

May we be made one, and share this gift with your world.

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