The title of this entry is taken from an article that appeared in The Guardian earlier this week.
I was particularly struck by this paragraph:
These hard times are going to last much longer than Lent, but this is a chance to take stock and imagine a changed world, in which, perhaps, the rich can actually manage with far less than they thought they needed; in which, perhaps, poverty is not treated as a misdemeanour on the part of the poor, but as a failure of society, to be remedied by all of us.
I agree with the thrust of Jane William’s article – that Lent tends to focus on short-term ‘giving up’ (usually of something relatively trivial). And while I’m sure that for many people this annual practice brings spiritual growth and blessings, I tend towards the view that we’re missing the point. Jesus’ temptation in the desert was a preparation for his ministry. What are our Lenten ‘sacrifices’ (if we participate at all) preparation for?
Are we prepared to imagine – and then labour towards – a changed world?
(The article was written by Jane Williams, aka Mrs ab of c. She’s a tutor at St Paul’s Theological Centre and can be heard regularly on the Godpod podcast.)