A Lenten Message From the Dean

MARCH 4, 2014

Welcome to the Cathedral as we begin the Holy Season of Lent.

We hear the voice that says to us, “You are dust and will return to dust.” The cycle of life makes clear that we come from and return to God.

Do you hear that voice as foreboding – a warning only of judgments and endings?

Or can you be open to listening for the themes and sounds of Lent as an offering of renewal – an opportunity to start over?

In our mortality we acknowledge our need for God’s mercy. The special liturgy of Ash Wednesday reminds us that we are meant continually to be put in mind of God’s promises: if we repent and turn to that Love, we rediscover that God hates nothing that God has made. It is actually when we pull away from God and from each other, that God’s plan of salvation is undermined.

May we this Lent see anew that God’s love surrounds us, and may our response be a pattern of life—with hearts broken open to God’s grace, as we walk humbly with the Companion Christ who suffers and dies as one of us.

In His unfolding Passion, may we see that the Cross lifts all of us and the whole world in the Resurrection Hope. That is how Lent reveals to each of us that we cannot be separated from God’s love.

May you and all you love be touched by that gift of Love, as each of us works for compassion, justice and peace in this world so dearly loved by God.

The Very Reverend Dr. James A. Kowalski