Each year during the season of Lent I typically choose a devotional and a book to read, along with my daily use of the Liturgy of the Hours. As I mentioned a few weeks back, I will be using Turning Around: Daily Lenten Reflections with The Message as a supplement to my daily prayer routine. I am looking forward to starting that tomorrow with Ash Wednesday.
The other book I will be reading is Fr. Donald Senior's Why the Cross? The topic of this book seems timely, of course. I have always enjoyed Fr. Senior's works, so this should be the perfect book for Lent. Here is a short description of the book:
The meaning of Jesus's execution on a Roman cross is one of the most divisive issues in contemporary theological discourse because issues related to the goodness of God and the place of suffering in the Christian life are at stake. Although it is important to locate that discussion in the context of the range of New Testament perspectives on the soteriological significance of the cross, it is also important that we recover the meaning of the cross as a metaphor for discipleship. In the end, the event of Jesus’s death cannot be understood apart from the character of his life. This book will contribute to New Testament studies but also serve related discussions in theology and Christian formation.
I hope to comment, from time to time, about what I read, though not necessarily in an orderly fashion. If you would like to join me in reading this book, let me know. Those of you who are committing to some other kind of book or devotional, I would love to hear what you are doing this Lent.