Now the green blade rises from the buried grain,
Wheat that in dark earth many days has lain;
The Lenten integration of the phases of nature and of the phases of the human journey to God are enshrined in the various seasons of our liturgical calendar.
Our experience in the southern hemisphere is not of hard, cold earth and the oncoming of spring.
For us, the change of seasons is not such a stark contrast. Yet there is a noticeable period of change-over. There is a change of pace, after the height of summer and the often hectic “end of year” scramble.
Depending on where we live in Australia, autumn can be for some people a more reflective time, cooler and maybe quieter. In the north of our continent, the wet season is over and things begin to settle down a bit. And as we near the end of Lent, we see the wonder of the big full paschal moon as it rises.
Lent as change of seasons