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A Message from our Rector

Beloved in Christ,

New life. It is promised us in every ad we watch: drink this pure water, do this Pilates, buy these clothes, listen to this guru, and your life will be renewed — fresh, clean, spacious, pure, simple.  Perhaps it’s even true.

These messages seek to tap into our deep hunger to be renewed, to be forgiven, to be better than we are, more like the people we think we should be. Jesus held that promise out to so many people: he offered them grace, bread, hope, healing, springs of living water welling up to eternal life. And for those who chose to accept what he offered, those promises were true. We will hear those stories this Lent, stories of radical transformation, what Jesus called new birth.

But — and this point is crucial — new life does not mean the destruction of what we were, but rather its healing. Genesis teaches us that when God created man and woman, God knelt down in the dust of the earth and took mud and shaped a human form and breathed in life. We were not created from nothing, and we will not be re-created from nothing. We remain ourselves,  creatures of earth, even as we strive to become our true selves, citizens of Heaven.

Lent is a time of penitence, a time to be intentional about who we are and how we live in this world. It is easy to slide into thinking that penitence is about rejecting our selves, but the more deeply I live into the love of Christ, the more clearly I experience that that is the wrong path. Our penitence is part of our resurrection, and its focus must be life. So many of our compulsions are about rejecting our selves: like so many anorectics, we refuse the food that would give us life and seek to feed ourselves with unreal food which wastes us in body and in spirit. And all the while, Christ is urging us to come as we are, to be loved as we are, to curl up under God’s sheltering wing and accept the love that is given.

None of the people Jesus healed understood Jesus. None were perfect or even slightly whole. But they came to him as they were and engaged with him honestly. That’s all that can be asked of any of us. And it is a mighty offering to give.

Have a blessed and holy Lent.

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One in eight District households is struggling against hunger. We invite you to prayerfully consider whether you can help one of St. Alban’s three feeding ministries. You can find more information on our Ministries page.

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