Welcome to Lent, a period of forty days leading up to Easter. Lent need not have anything to do with dietary restrictions or eating fish on Fridays. No, that model of participation is disappearing and for good reasons. For one, the mechanical rehearsing of church liturgical holidays does little to address core spiritual issues. People are realizing that reflection and spirituality should occur throughout the year and not simply within a timid, calendar-driven boundary. But whatever you think of Lent, issues in today’s message remind us of ongoing challenges and opportunities. A familiar theme returns today in that Mark’s Gospel provides another version of JesusRead More →