Lent is not about guilt, it’s about healing.
In Lent, we walk with Jesus toward his suffering, death, and resurrection, acts by which God took on all the evils and pains of human life. The meaning of these events touches on all the ways in which we need healing in our own lives. On each Sunday in Lent, we will focus on a different “common crisis” of our lives right now: loneliness, conflict and guilt, money and debt, the body’s betrayals, and helplessness and the future. Jesus comes close to us in these crises, and we will meet him there in the scripture we read, the sermons we hear, the healing prayer and anointing we offer during communion, and in our spiritual-growth forum which begins this Sunday. We will then bring the fullness of our humanity with us to those mysterious events of Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter.
Ash Wednesday Sermon