Then this morning it hit me. Third shift does something to your brain. In brief moments, it can make all of life clear. Other moments you just wish Alterra were open 24 hrs, and delivered, so you wouldn't have to put up with Folgers that was too many hrs old. But I digress.
Since each day in Lent has a stational church assigned to it, sometimes this is reflected in the propers themselves. A stational church is the church in Rome where, as custom has it, the principle Mass would take place on that day, the people of every other parish would gather at their respective churches, and process to the station, praying the great Litany along the way.
So for example, last Thursday the station was at Sts Cosmas and Damian, and the first collect celebrates the memory of these saints. (It's actually not exactly the same as the collect for their feast.) If one looks closer at the propers, other connections might be made as well. For example, in the Gospel, from Luke 4, we hear of the healing of Simon's wife's mother of a great fever, and of how Christ healed many who were afflicted with divers diseases, and with demons. How appropriate for such a Gospel on the day of the station of Cosmas and Damian, two great physicians of the early church.
The liturgy has many treasures for us to spend a lifetime discovering, and contemplating. They are right before us, and yet, they reveal themselves to us in their own time, if we but listen.