Tomorrow begins the ten-week countdown to Easter Sunday. Septuagesima is a Latin word for seventy marking out seventy days and begins our pre-lenten season. These transitional weeks are meant to signify that Lent and its disciplines are imminent.

With my dual roles as headmaster and priest, I see the intersection between “Discipling” and “Disciplining.”

The term disciple in the New Testament means “learner.” His disciples addressed Him as “Teacher.” To follow Jesus involved literally walking around behind Him as He instructed them.

In Hebrews we read, “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.” (12:6)

The Lenten season is a reminder that the God who has chosen us out from eternity is still working to refine and strengthen our souls and bodies.

It is a season of disciplining our thoughts, habits, passions, and time to better align them with those of the teacher.

It is based on his love for us as his elect people, that we strive to become better disciples. To recognize our failures and shortcomings and to cast them upon the Lord who raises us from dust into His Glory.


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