Rev. Ernesto Medina, St. Martha’s Episcopal Church
As a child, I certainly had my share of time alone in my bedroom. When I was caught doing something wrong, my parents would quickly point their finger and off I would go. After being angry that I had actually been caught, I would find that the silence would allow me time to think of other options, hopefully better options than the option I had exercised that got me in trouble to begin with.
I have come to understand that the season of Lent is the time where God has sent each one of us to our room. To be sent to our rooms so that we might, in the silence, discover or re-discover other options with respect to our relationship with God and with those who surround us.
We have 40 days to get our act together. We have 40 days to do what we can so that at the great proclamation of life given at Easter, we might actually have done something real to reconcile ourselves to God and to those we love.
As my hair gets a bit grayer, Lent becomes less about attending a fish fry or two, or giving up chocolate or ice cream (these really used to be very important), and more about finding ways to love. It means picking up the phone and making the call I should have made 4 months ago. It means sending a nice card or letter to a friend. It means releasing my ego issues and saying I am sorry, when for whatever reason it was too difficult to admit responsibility.
The questions we can ask during this holy time are: “Where have I separated myself from Love?” or “How might I reconnect myself to a knowledge of the absolute blessings given to me by God?”
Sometimes it is really about the options we have learned — options that may have worked well before but now block our reality of life. So not a bad idea to figure out where are “room” is and go. Go to our room so that we can think about where we messed up. Go to our room so that we might re-connect or even re-create. Go to our room to re-discover God.