Clothed with the Qualities of Christ
By: Joyce Rupp
The desire to focus on Lent as a time of being “clothed with love” leapt in me one evening at a gathering for Celtic studies.
That night two of our members led us in a ceremony to honor The feast of St. Brigid.
They talked about how her mantle was thought to have protective and curative powers. The ancient Celts would take a cloth at sunset and place it outside their home. That night Brigid would bring protection for their home.
As a group we were all given a small lace cloth as a “mantle of Brigid” and were asked what protective, healing powers we needed in our lives.
I felt myself needing to be clothed with loving kindness. The scripture from Colossians suddenly came to mind. I took my “mantle of loving kindness” home with me that night and it became my Lenten practice that year.
Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
Colossians 3: 12-14