Walking in the Footsteps of Christ
Wednesday 6th March is Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of the season of Lent -
This time is an opportunity to journey together through the gospel message, and to rediscover what the sacrifice of Christ really means in our day-
We stopped and prayed at each of the stations, and remembered the terrible suffering Christ knew in his earthly life. That God would suffer these things to redeem us reveals a majestic and awesome holy fire – a divine love which consumes all it touches.
Later in the week we moved to the North of the country, into Galilee. Here there is new life everywhere – green and fertile vegetation, and even a prosperous wine-
And so it is with our journey as we enter into this season of Lent. Jesus’ life was marred by mockery and suffering, temptation and frustration. It ended with a hard suffering. But that was not the end of it. On the Spring morning of the first Easter, and that of 2019, Christ our King emerges crowned with New Life, a redemption and a freedom from sin given to all who choose to receive it.
It is traditional to give something up during Lent. Try taking something up too. I like to remember the ‘Jesus Prayer’ particularly at this time, and to pray it every day, sometimes quietly in between bible readings:
‘Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of God, have mercy upon me, a sinner.’
One of the most important aspects of the pilgrimage to the Holy Land was the journey alongside other praying Christians. We stopped often to celebrate the Eucharist or to remember others and pray and sing together. It is important to do the same as we gather as a community through Lent.
Moreover, it is not only in the middle-
Therefore we embark upon the pilgrimage of faith towards the place of death, but then on to the place of New Life. And we will go together, walking in the footsteps of Christ, on this Holy Land.
“I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord!’ ” (Ps. 122:1).
Rev’d Oliver Blease