The Empty Tomb is Our Destination: A Lenten Message from Bishop Jennifer

Bishop Jennifer distributes Ashes to Go at Christ Church Cathedral in 2022

Dear Ones,

This Lent, as war rages in Ukraine and we reckon with cruel transphobic legislation, systemic racial injustice and the uncertain post-pandemic future, I am thinking about the connection between trauma and resurrection. Especially this year, as we journey toward the cross, we are confronting head-on the hard, painful, and sinful aspects of our own humanity. Everywhere we turn seems marked by the trauma created by human sinfulness. It can feel as if we live in perpetual Lent.

But God is on this journey with us. When we set out on Ash Wednesday to walk the way of Lent, the empty tomb is always our destination. Come Easter morning, we will know once again that God has defeated death and suffering, and, as Revelation 21:4 tells us, “mourning and crying and pain will be no more.”

I invite you, therefore, to a holy Lent, to a journey that will end with healing and celebration, and a bold witness to our shared hope in the risen Christ.


Bishop Jennifer

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