Lent is the season for Christians to reflect on their calling, and a time of giving up something to be quiet, to search for God's word. It is a pilgrimage of 40 days, towards the ultimate sacrifice, the Cross.
Looking around us, it seems as if we so desperately need a journey of hope, of pilgrimage, back to the basics. In a period where the abuse of power and greed has overwhelmed communities, leaders and also faith communities, we need a time out. Lent is an opportunity to find ourselves, in the basics of our convictions, in the simplicity of the way of the cross, in servitude that is hope for the world.
May the this pilgrimage be a new start for us all.