Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter →
Even though I’ve gone to church my entire life, this is the first that I’m actually participating in Lent. In the Pentecostal church I grew up in, Lent wasn’t really a thing. I only vaguely knew what it was from my Catholics schoolmates.
A few years ago I started hearing about it more and more. I discovered it wasn’t just the Catholics who found value in the experience. Every year, I would listen to a podcast or a sermon during the time of Lent extolling its virtues, and I would think “You know what, next year, I think I’m going to do this.”
Next year would come, and Lent would hit me by surprise, and I would say the same thing. “Next year, I’m going to do this.”
This year, I was prepared, and I’m doing this.
There is much value in the practice of Lent, but the point is to prepare one for Easter. I’ve gone most of my life with Easter coming and going without much thought. But given the fact that this holiday is at the center of the faith for which I have devoted my life, it makes sense to make the most of the celebration.
So this year, I’m making the most of it.
Part of my preparation for Easter is reading. Every day, along with my reading of Scripture, I’m reading an entry from the book Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter. For every day of the Lenten season, and a little past that point, there is a reading that helps you set your mind on the reasons for Lent and Easter.
So far, I’m five days in, and it’s been great. The readings come from a variety of places, and they’ve really helped me start my days off focused on the Gospel, and what it means for my life.
Because of that, Bread and Wine is this month’s recommended book on Intelligo. I’d highly recommend you taking a look. I know we’re already several days into Lent, but late is better than never.
Don’t do what I always did, pushing it off onto the ever-shifting “next year.” While forty days is a great amount of time to prepare for Easter, two is also good. And really, our entire lives should be spent focused on what Christ has done — the miracle of his death and resurrection. And this book is great for helping you do that.