This week we enter the blessed season of Lent, a particularly introspective time of spirituality in which the focus is often on self-examination, conviction, sin, and repentance.
Interestingly enough, the Gospel readings feature little in the way of introspection, but instead are mostly interactions between Jesus and individuals who are pursuing their own agenda: Nicodemus, the Samaritan woman at the well, a blind man, and Lazarus’ siblings Mary and Martha. None of them are them particularly interested in repentance—they want to debate theology, interact with Jesus, and are caught up in their own needs. In it in the midst of this, sometimes even in opposition to this, that Jesus enacts his transformative teaching.
This is not to discount the role of faithful soul-searching and repentance, but I wonder if we shouldn’t also just leave some time and space for Jesus to do what Jesus wants to happen. Is there a way to let Jesus enter into our own lives in, around, or against our own goals to share with us not only the love of God, but God’s plan in our lives as well?
Yours in Christ,