The liberating moment in our life is when we hear Jesus speak our name. It is the moment when we realize that we are a beloved child of God, a priceless treasure of infinite worth, irrespective of anything we do or don’t do.
People who have been changed by the Risen Lord are the best witness to the truth of Easter.
As we remember the passion story this week, we are invited to be honest about who we are. We are invited to stop wasting energy on living an illusion. We are free to confess to God and others our flaws. We don’t need to be afraid of who we really are anymore because God’s steadfast love, not our flaws, are the last word about us.
Maybe this Jesus who had nothing to show for all his efforts can be our consolation when we “labor in vain.”
Holy Week doesn’t end well for the disciples. They fail miserably to follow the one who called them. If anything is going to change their capacity to follow, it is clearly going to come from a power beyond themselves.
My mother’s fear of death had an adverse impact on me when my grandmother was near death. I remember her whisking me into the ICU for a few minutes and then whisking me out. Everything surrounding that experience encouraged me to believe that death was to be avoided and only increased my fear of death.
The disciples are agonizingly slow to grasp the way of Jesus. Why should I assume that my experience will be any different?
Authentic discipleship is “remaining with Jesus.” Authentic discipleship is about being with Jesus wherever he is staying in this world
When it comes to bringing our needs to God, it really comes down to this: Are we a passive agent in our relationship with God, or like God are we a full participant?
Give up your need to be flawless. Give up your desire to be perfect. Give up using lent to shore up all your weaknesses. Just be human and utterly dependent on God.