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Scott P. Richert

Lent: Our Spiritual Exodus

By March 8, 2014

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Since Lent comes around each year, it's hard sometimes to think of it as a spiritual journey. After all, journeys start in one place, progress, and then end in another. Yet the liturgical cycle keeps bringing us back to the starting point. If everything that goes around comes around, have we really made a spiritual journey?

The answer lies in how we make our travels. If we treat each Lent like "there's nothing new under the sun," then chances are that it will never amount to much of a spiritual journey. Our goal each year should be not only to end Lent a better person than when we began it, but to begin each Lent a better person than we were when we began Lent the previous year.

One spiritual exercise that can help us greatly in this goal is to read the Scripture readings that the Church has selected for each day of Lent. In the Office of the Readings, part of the Liturgy of the Hours (the official daily prayers of the Church), the Church presents the story of the Exodus of the Israelites from their slavery in Egypt through their entrance into the Promised Land.

It's a fascinating story, filled with miracles and intrigue, the wrath of God and His love. And it's comforting, too: The Chosen People constantly backslide, blaming Moses for leading them out of the comfort of Egypt into the midst of the barren desert. Concerned with day-to-day life, they have trouble keeping their eyes on the prize: the Promised Land.

We find ourselves in the same position, losing sight of our goal of Heaven, especially in the busyness of the modern world, with all of its distractions. Yet God did not abandon His people, and He will not abandon us. All He asks is that we keep on walking.

Scripture Readings for Lent:

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March 18, 2011 at 1:49 pm
(1) Michael says:

Good ideas, Scott. Thank you.

March 18, 2011 at 11:17 pm
(2) Aida says:

beautiful reminder of how we need to approach Lent, every year. Thank you. I needed to read this.

March 4, 2012 at 2:19 pm
(3) Linus Nigeria says:

Lent is never a gloomy season but a time glory which God re- calls his people back to himself, to live in perfection and sanctity which only him alone can give.
Thanks for getting us connected to true light that transforms our lives.
Onuigbo Linus

March 6, 2012 at 3:46 am
(4) EVELYN says:


February 20, 2013 at 5:23 pm
(5) Harry Hagan says:

I second what Aida said- exactly so. Thanks.

February 20, 2013 at 11:58 pm
(6) Siphelele says:

Thanks for the wise words and the encouragement, Lent is tough for me each year, but I try and need to be strong in prayer more.

March 12, 2014 at 8:05 am
(7) Fumanikile says:

Lent is a period I always look forward to but with many questions like what is my relation with God, what is suppose to be my prayer and my expectation at the end? Also helps me to check myself in spiritual life which I feel I need guidance like a baby who needs milk from its motherm

March 12, 2014 at 9:08 am
(8) Nunu says:

Thank you Scott for reminding us, Lent its a very difficult season for all of us, during this season of Lent we are reminded to leave behind all negative things of the past and strive for Future filled with hope.I wish everyone Peace, Love and Happiness during Lent.

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