We are about to move from Epiphany into Lent.
Lent might be considered a withdrawing away from the crowded lives we lead, with its spiritual practice of fasting in one way or another. Giving up something like the disciplined physical walk up a mountain that focuses our attention on the Sacred in a particular way.
Easter will break open the presence of God in our midst with astonishing light to transform any darkness. It is a radical story, a radical act, this life after, life beyond, death, this resurrection. We need time to prepare to hear that story again, to be transformed by that light again.
And though Lent, with its overtones of wilderness, repentance, and the struggles of the practices of fasting, seems a season of darkness – light is still present. gentler, perhaps, subtle, suggested, softer. its hints helping our eyes adjust before that astonishing light of Easter Day.