A Lenten Invitation

Rev. Cliff WarnerCliffNotes

This week’s CliffNotes is a guest post by Brian Murphy, Executive Pastor.

Dear Christ Church,

As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him. And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples.
— Matthew 9:9-10

The season of Lent appropriately conjures thoughts of Jesus’ lonely journey to the cross. The story includes his temptation in the wilderness, his closest friends’ inability to fullyunderstand him, and his ultimate, lonely sacrifice.

Jesus invites sinners to a common table. Matthew was a tax collector, most despised among the Jewish people, yet following his conversion we find him with Jesus at a meal enjoying the same grace, kindness and mercy as Jesus’ closest friends.

Yes, Lent is a time to contemplate and enter into Christ’s lonely journey, but it is also a time to enter into community with other sinners and disciples as we follow Jesus together to the glory and suffering of the cross.

As we are encouraged to cultivate community this Lenten Season, consider two opportunities for quiet contemplation with fellow sojourners — one, the upcoming Parish Quiet Day and, two, an evening concert featuring music by Brian Moss. Details about both en be found below.