"It cannot be said too often: if Christ was not raised from the dead, we would never have heard of him,” writes Fleming Rutledge in her beautiful book The Crucifixion.
- Written by Kevin Birnbaum
Perhaps this column’s headline is somewhat shocking. We tend to think of Lent as a season of penance and conversion, not of temptation. Nonetheless, temptation is an unavoidable reality in this liturgical time that prepares us for Easter. Just notice how keenly you crave meat on Fridays, precisely when we should abstain from it.
Amid the drizzly gray of March in the Northwest, Lent can feel like a dreary slog — especially if we’re just going through the motions, maybe giving something up out of habit, but otherwise passively drifting through the season.