March Newsletter

Christ has no body now but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
compassion on this world.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.

                 --Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)


We entered the season of Lent on Ash Wednesday, which was February 18.  The worship series we are following this called “What Are You Up To?” This asks us to see what Jesus is up to during this time, and what Jesus calls us to be up to, as well.

Someone recently asked me about the custom of giving up something for Lent.  I replied that it is a custom that many Christians take on as a spiritual discipline at this time, in line with self-denial and focusing on Jesus and his journey to the cross.  However, many Christians, instead of giving up something, take something on during Lent, in line with Jesus continuing his ministry of preaching, feeding and healing during his journey to the cross.

Later that day, I read this post on her Facebook page:

“So after thinking about all the things I could (and maybe even should) give up for Lent, I have made a decision of what to do. I think giving up something I love on a temporary basis doesn't do much to help anyone. I have decided that in a busy life of rushing around that starting today for the next 40 days, I will do a random act of goodness each day. This will take more thought and hopefully will become part of my normal routine. This can be especially true when people are not nice and will challenge my commitment. This I feel will be pleasing to God, better for the world, and for myself. 40 DAYS of RANDOM KINDNESS if anyone wants to join me, we can help each other along the journey!”

Daily prayer or acts of kindness; weekly volunteering at a food pantry or transporting an elderly person to church or shopping: the possibilities are endless.  My prayer is that you will find what Jesus wants you to be up to this season.


Rev. Linda M Willey