We’re going down to the river
Down to the river, down to the river to pray
Let’s get washed by the water
Washed by the water and rise up in amazing grace
Let’s go down, down, down to the river (You will leave changed)
Let’s go down, down, down to the river (Never the same)*

It’s Lent. It’s time to go down to the river. It’s time to blow the trumpet, proclaim a fast. It’s time to repent. Something calls to us, nags at us to do something more at this time of year. We are called back to community. Even though it isn’t a holy day of obligation, many people go to church on Ash Wednesday. People who don’t normally come to church on Sunday come back to church. People who don’t normally come to church on a weekday come to church on a weekday. We know it’s time to get back in the groove.

I have been reflecting on Lent and Good Friday keeps coming to mind. We recall what Christ did for us, what God did for us and it is time to do something about it. Lent is the season of Good Friday. Lent is a time to die, a time to die with Christ. What is Lent going to be for us. Is it something we really enter into or is it just a cultural thing where we eat fish on Friday?
So how are we going to enter into our Good Friday. How are we going to share in Christ’s suffering for the world? How are we going to be in solidarity with the world’s suffering? What are we going to do to keep in mind the world’s suffering? What are we willing to do to bring the love of Christ to the world?

If we are young, are we going to be in solidarity with children who have never had candy, dessert or soda? Are we going to eat less because people are starving? Are we going to share the money we saved with the poor? Maybe we are just going to make it a point to share our wealth with the poor. Maybe we are going to do something to change our life permanently. If we are young we are going to play less video games by ourselves, and hang out with friends. If we are older, maybe we are going to watch less TV and make it a point to call friends. Maybe this Lent we are just going to make a better prayer regimen. This could be huge because prayer might help us discern some of the things to do during Lent. Make it a Good Friday so we can rise with him on Easter. Let’s go down to the river.

God bless,
Fr. Chris