Like Jesus we are called to go up the mountain this Lent, not a specific place, but a particular experience of the season.
As we journey through Lent and climb the mountain that leads to Easter, think about your own Spiritual journey. What state is your life in right now? What is going on that reflects the paschal mystery (that is the life death and resurrection of Jesus Christ)?
How will the disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving (care of the poor) help you on your journey? In his seminal work the Great Lent Alexander Schmeman refers to Lent as the time of bright sadness and writes of a different form of sadness than most of us are used to. He states that as we make the first step into the bright sadness of Lent, we see far, far away the destination. Easter. It is the destination of our journey that sustains us. The night may be dark and long, but along the way a mysterious and radiant dawn waits.