Lent has this tendency to surprise me. It seems to just come out of nowhere. And with little less than a week away from Ash Wednesday, I find myself in the same situation.
Each year I embark on Lent as some great adventure that will help me encounter God in new and surprising ways. As I'm still discerning what practices to take on this Lent, the theme of mercy has piqued my interest. With all the lively buzz around the Jubilee Year of Mercy, I want this Lent to reflect this important time. Not that mercy isn't important during other times of the year, but this Jubilee Year is an important reminder of the challenge of being a Christian. It's about giving and loving when it's inconvenient. It's about not counting the cost in serving others. It's about recognizing Jesus in every person we meet.