This time of year, it’s easy to get caught in the late-winter doldrums. The snow and slush have hung around just long enough so that we begin to doubt that spring really is just around the corner. And the Lenten season can drag as well. It seems like it’s been ages since we gathered together for Ash Wednesday but Easter is just far enough away (a whole flip of the calendar page!) that it feels like it may never come.
Today’s readings are a great antidote to that “endless blah” feeling. They remind that, though Lent is a serious time, it is also a time for joy because we are preparing for the resurrection of Christ. It can be easy to get caught up in the somber and penitential spirit of the season and forget to look ahead and remember the celebration that we’re preparing for. Today Isaiah reminds us of God’s promise to build us a heaven and earth of constant rejoicing, with no place for weeping or sorrow. And it’s the resurrection of Christ, which we celebrate at Easter and which was foreshadowed in today’s Gospel reading, that fulfills this promise. So let’s remember that Lent is not an endless winter but a preparation for the eternal spring that we hope awaits us.
Kaitlin Sullivan is an associate manager of product policy at Facebook, where she focuses on issues of safety and freedom of expression. She is a former Jesuit Volunteer and graduate of the University of Notre Dame and George Washington University.