Lent 2017

Imagine the falconer and his majestic bird hunting together.  Following 4000 years of tradition and practice, when they are held together in a perfect relationship of symmetry and cooperation, all is well.


But if they lose their connection with one another......

‘Turning and turning in the widening gyre

The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

The ceremony of innocence is drowned; ..."

from ‘The Second Coming’ by W.B.Yeats (copyright acknowledged)

The First Sunday of Lent, we heard how Adam and Eve had to trespass into the centre of the Garden of Eden in order to eat fruit from the forbidden tree of the knowledge of good and evil that was planted there.

Thinking they could take full control, they put themselves in the centre of the world and lost their trust in God. But the knowledge they had craved, along with all the troubles of the world, quickly overwhelmed them.

Their centre did not hold, and paradise was lost to them.

L Cranach, Courtauld Gallery

Lent gives us an opportunity to reflect on the wisdom of this old, old story and to ponder what happens when we lose connection with the centre of our lives and so find ourselves out of right relationship with ourselves, with one another and with God.

Rev. Stephanie Sokolowski