In my christian tradition (the United Church of Christ) we are deep into the season of Lent (the 40 days not including Sundays that runs from Ash Wednesday to Maundy Thursday - it's calculated by a lunar calendar so the dates change every year, this year it started March 1 and will end April 13). Some christian traditions don't mark this liturgical season, mine does. I have been reflecting on the stories we always read in Lent about the adult Jesus in his three years of public teaching and healing before he was killed. According to our story He died quite young, 33 or so, killed by a repressive legal system in the service of a fearful government. Near the end he was politically savvy enough to know he had pissed off some pretty powerful people and that it was not going to end well for him. Yet even with that clear understanding he continued to teach and heal, continued to call out the powerful on their mistreatment of the poor and marginalized, continued to champion for the rights and decent treatment of foreigners and those incarcerated. My christian tradition puts a lot of emphasis on this part of the story which is why we feel especially called to follow the example of Jesus and work for social justice. Blessings during the Lenten season on all my christian family whose traditions also emphasize social justice in following Jesus. Blessings during this Lenten season on humans of all spiritual traditions (and no spiritual tradition) who work for social justice from your own stories and values.
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