Love Life: Live Lent
Archbishop Sentamu is encouraging everyone to use the upcoming season of Lent as a time to reflect and refocus their lives through daily reflections from Ash Wednesday (14 February) to Easter Sunday (1 April).
Introduction to Love Life: Live Lent reflections
Lent is a season during which we, as Christians, take time to reflect, repent and refocus our lives to be more in line with Christ and His Gospel. A time when we can look at things afresh, in the light of Christ, renew our understanding of his love and movement of change – the reign of God, and prepare for the painful and magnificent events of his Death and Resurrection.
As a child you may have come across a plaything known as a ‘turning picture’ (tabula scalata) where two images are painted on the opposite sides of a corrugated surface. By turning the picture slightly – or by just shifting focus – you could see two different views of the same picture.
When Jesus entered the scene to begin his ministry, it was as though the universe shifted focus to show two kinds of reality. For those who are able to see it, the world can be seen from a different angle. A glimpse of the Kingdom of God becomes visible by shifting our focus and placing Christ in the centre. As we journey through Lent, may our focus increasingly show us the world in which Christ inhabits every part.
The Archbishop’s online reflections can be used alongside the Church of England’s #LiveLent booklet and they provide an opportunity to reflect, renew, recharge and refresh faith in Jesus Christ.
The steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from. John 2.9.
He saw Jesus coming towards him and declared, ‘Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world’ John 1.29
No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known. John 1.18
To all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God’ John 1.12
What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.