It’s a hot day. It’s in the 90s, and you’ve been busting your butt. Why? Because the yard work has to be done. I just let it go too long, and the wife says our yard looks like a mess.
So out I go. Where do I begin? First on the agenda is clipping all the shrubbery. After ten minutes or so, the sweat starts pouring out of me. Nasty insects are buzzing all around me. This is not a pleasant situation. Thank God I am done with this chore.
Staring me in the face is the lawn that has not been cut on the last two Saturdays: I had more important things to do, like fishing. So, for the next two hours, I am pushing the mower, sweating like a greased pig and constantly wiping my brow. Finally, I am done. I cannot wait to get into the shower.
It’s time…yes, it’s time. I climb into the shower, and for minutes on end, I let the warmth of the shower cleanse my body. I am left with a feeling of accomplishment for a job well done, but more importantly, I am refreshed!
You may ask the question: Why is Francesco writing about yard work, sweating, mowing a lawn and finally taking a shower? Good question! I ask you to think of the season we are presently in. It’s Lent. It’s time…yes, it’s time! Just as our body needs a good scrubbing to get rid of all the filth on our body, doesn’t it make sense that our souls need a good scrubbing to clear our souls of the many transgressions we may have? And also, it is the time that we need to think of others by doing charitable works. Remember, we are all sinners and the season of Lent is open to all regardless of the seriousness of your past transgressions.
You may say, “Hey, I am too far gone to participate in the beauty of Lent.” No, you are not! Just remember this: When Christ was on the cross, he told the remorseful criminal next to him, also on a cross, that he would be the first one to enter Paradise with Christ. Look it up. Luke 23:39-44.
God forgives all sinners, regardless of their transgressions. So it’s time…yes it’s time! The season is upon us, and just like a hot shower that refreshes our body, participation in Lent will refresh our souls.
From a Jewish prayer book: The Lord, the Lord God is merciful and gracious, endlessly patient, loving and true, showing mercy to thousands, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and si, and granting pardon. Need I say more?
So yes…it’s time. Yes, it’s time to partake in the beauty of Lent.