We’re only two days into the season, and maybe we’ve already faltered. What is needed is confidence:
Do not, therefore, abandon that confidence of yours; it brings a great reward. For you need endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. (NRSV)
Instead of abandon, the NABRE counsels against surrender.
One of the spiritual maladies I see in the Church is a lack of confidence. It is the prime thing holding back singers especially but also other musicians. A person joins a music group of choir. Great. Grace has brought them thus far. Explore that grace to its fullest. I see someone makes a mistake. Maybe I’ve heard it too, but I see the grimace, the shake of the head. The person has already surrendered to their error, and sadly, sometimes the mistake is repeated over and over.
Yes, there is much to learn and experience and we must make errors and grow through them. But we are on a journey. And for this sacred journey, endurance is required. And, of course, for the season of Lent too.