Lent is a time when we set aside a time of year to remember that we are dust and to dust we will return. It can be a time of humble awareness of who we are as a part of our communities. It is no surprise, that during a time of year we are reminded of our shadow or our dark possibilities, in the season where light slowly energies.
The other day, as I walked past the shadows of a tree casting shadows up on a wall, that even as outcasts, we too have a shadow. That even the awareness of being an outcast and who we are can also become an obstacle to being Christ like in the world.
To not become too comfortable wit walking along side Jesus on the outside of town or becoming too comfortable with being an outcast, that we forget to walk into town. This comes from the wisdom of Elkhart Tolle who encourages us not to become identified with our ego, that can be disguised as wisdom.
Just as much as Lent offers people who do not identify as outcasts an opportunity toward a different inner awareness. For those of us who are outcasts, it can also be an opportunity to remember we are not always an outcast. That we are created in God’s image on Earth and we are in the light, not reflected or artificial light, but of full of light. It is the double edge sword of being an outcast, to recognize it and accept it, while also not being an outcast to define all of who we are.