Today, the first Sunday of Lent, is our annual commemoration of the Restoration of Icons in the year 843 after a century of iconoclasm in the Byzantine world. Once a year we commemorate this event. But every Sunday, at every Liturgy, we celebrate the restoration of the most important icon – namely every Christian man, woman and child. We are the icons of God, made in his image and likeness. St. Irenaeus of Lyon memorably said, The glory of God is a human being fully alive. Fully alive, but we all need restoration.
Sunday is the day given to us to receive restoration and healing of our souls and bodies after a week of toil and stress and being constantly on the go. “Come and see” were the words that started the Christian movement (John 1:39 & 1:46). Not come and hear. Not come and read. Come and see. Better yet, today “taste and see” are the words that invite us to the meaning and blessing of our Liturgy. Sunday is the Lord’s Day. Come, Taste and See that the Lord is Good! (Psalm 34:8)