Truly Belong (2024)

Tuesday, February 13th, 2024

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"There is more to Lent than repentance..." (Lent 2024)

My Siblings in Christ –

In the holy season of Lent, we are called to self-examination and reflection.  It is a time to seek out those parts of ourselves that are broken and distorted.  Yet there is more to Lent than repentance. 

Lent ultimately leads to the cross.  And there, Jesus takes all our pain, all our guilt, all our shame, upon himself.  Through his love and sacrifice we find healing and acceptance.  Through Jesus we find the grace and freedom to be ourselves, to be who God made us to be.  In Jesus we find the ultimate belonging. 

So push yourself.  Go deeper in prayer and reflection.  Don’t be held back by fear or doubt.  Whatever makes you feel ashamed or unworthy, bring it all to the cross… bring it all to Jesus.  There you will find love.  There you will find joy.  There you will find the freedom to be yourself and you will know at long last, that you truly belong to him. 

Bishop Signature Updated 2021

The Rt. Reverend Daniel G. P. Gutiérrez

XVI Bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania