A Cross of Moss
Shrine Lenten Reflection 2018
Moss is a wondrous and amazing plant. It is capable of retaining twenty times its weight in water. Moss can sustain life even in arid, desert places on our planet. These tiny miraculous plants don't even need rain to thrive. They can collect moisture from our atmosphere and help grow beautiful and exotic flowers like orchids. Many plants and animals on our planet depend on moss for their existence. Of course, if moss is robbed of even the moisture of morning dew, it turns brown and withers and dies like everything else on our planet.
Water, in some form, is essential to all physical life just as Baptismal water is essential to all spiritual life.
Without the waters of Baptism, we are dead to eternal life. During Lent, we seek this water with our catechumen as they prepare to experience the greatest moment of their spiritual lives -- the reception of Baptism, at the Easter Vigil. They will be submerged in the waters of Baptism, in order to rise to new life in Christ. For those of us already baptized in Christ, it is the sprinkling of new blessed water and the renewal of our Baptismal promises on Easter Sunday that is the goal of our Lent. A "good" Lent does not merely mean that we've gone to confession and have been faithful in our Lenten practices of prayer, fasting and good works. A "good" Lent means that we are ready and eager to make our great act of faith again this Easter Sunday with the renewal of our Baptismal promises and the reception of new living water -- the sign of sacramental life.
Our Lenten Cross is beginning to sprout purple crocuses!
As we get closer to Easter Sunday, our cross will continue to bloom, symbolizing hope and new life.
Our transformed cross will mirror our own efforts to transform during this Lenten season.