For the last twenty years or so, Joe has returned to this same plot of ground at about this same time of year – middle Spring – and every year he’s amazed at how much dead and dried out “stuff” has accumulated. He can’t really till, or fertilize, or plant, until the dead stuff is cleared out. Most of the vines come out of the ground pretty easily, but that patch of stuff toward the back of the garden is still pretty nasty.
Your soul is like that magnificent garden which God intends to be colorful, abundant, fruitful. But “stuff” can accumulate in that garden and hamper any real growth. The Lenten season is a time to “clear away” the accumulated stuff. In the weeks before Easter, we’ll name some of the stuff that can accumulate and cause real damage, and talk about “how we clear it away.”