Apr 30, 2014

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MEDITATION: It surely must be more

MEDITATION: It surely must be more

They followed a daily discipline of worship in the Temple followed by meals at home, every meal a celebration, exuberant and joyful, as they praised God (Acts 2:46)

It is crucial that we keep a firm grip on what we’ve heard so that we don’t drift off (Hebrews 2:1)

A local core process psychotherapist, Susan Groves, who is keenly interested in other traditions and has recently published a wonderful little book called, “Pleasure-in-Relating”, sent the following to friends during the past week.

It is a reflection on Lent and Ramadan. It poses the question on how serious we as Christians really are when it comes to honouring our own traditions. Her thoughts are as follows: “Muslims seem to take Ramadan so much more seriously than Christians take Lent.   Lent’s a joke.  ‘Giving up coffee’….   Ramadan’s serious.    A time of spiritual reflection and renewal, the outer form ordered by abstaining from all sustenance from sunrise to sunset.   I want to try and make my Lent more like Ramadan.”   Susan’s piece made me think again on the way we as Christians celebrate Lent.

Because the fact is: the memory and meaning of Jesus’ suffering, leading up to his sacrificial death on the cross, is currently ignored and missed by many Christians, leaving them disinterested and untouched.

It is even worse when it comes to Easter – that amazing message of Jesus’ resurrection from death and its invitation to come and celebrate the promise of new life and hope it proclaims.

For many the Easter weekend has become a brief holiday, a time to get away from work and from the crowds. Also from the Christian community where these lifechanging events are being remembered, treasured and celebrated.

While one understands the need for a break from the lifesapping demands of work and society, surely Lent and Easter must be more.

In fact, for Christians it should be a constant source of new life, hope and energy – events to be celebrated with exuberance and joy.

Carel Anthonissen

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