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March 20th is the beginning of the new year in the Persian calendar.  Happy Nowruz! It also marks the vernal equinox- the start of spring.  We enter the season of cherry blossoms, of signing up for vaccinations, of the turning towards Easter after our long journey through Lent.  As we anticipate resurrection, a prayer by Jan Berry (1980) from the book Bread of Tomorrow:

 

Jesus invites us to a way of celebration,
meeting and feasting with the humble and poor.
Let us walk his way with joy.

Jesus beckons us to a way of risk,
letting go of our security.
Let us walk his way with joy.

Jesus challenges us to listen to the voices
of those who have nothing to lose.
Let us walk his way with joy.

Jesus points us to a way of self-giving,
where power and status are overturned.
Let us walk his way with joy.

Jesus calls us to follow the way of the cross,
where despair is transformed by the promise of new life.
Let us walk his way with joy.