The beautiful spring weather we've enjoyed this week is a reminder that the word LENT comes from the Old English word lencten meaning spring. We may associate Lent with Jesus' passion, but that's not the end of the story. After Lent comes Easter. After death comes resurrection. After winter comes the spring. The new life budding all around us is a natural reminder of God's love.
This Sunday is Laetare Sunday, which means "Rejoice!" It's like an oasis in the Lenten desert, or a small crocus peeking out from beneath the winter snow. It's a reminder that whatever struggles we might face, the God who changes winter into spring and death into life will also transform our sorrows into joy. He died for us, so that we might live for him. "There is cause for rejoicing here" (1 Pt 1:6).