On our Lenten journey, we are called forth from the comfort of "successful" ways, "satisfactory" knowledge, and "sufficient" love. In this week's gospel (Luke 13:1-9), again, Jesus speaks to us in very strong terms. Why does he do so? Because he is upset? Jesus does not get upset like we do. Not because he is an emotional iceberg, but because, in his humanity, his emotions are perfectly "assumed" in, at the service of, purified by love. Our emotions are, well, all over the map! You may have noticed! Jesus lovingly gets "upset" (God is just), when He knows something is amiss (like the money-changers and merchants in the temple, engaging in commerce disrespectful of the sacredness of the place).
Jesus places His heart on the line for us, giving us gifts that we might be able to respond. And so He does expect us to respond with trust and honesty, allowing Him to work through us, indeed, to love through us. This is our calling. The Lenten journey is an adventure in love. It may seem daunting at times, because true love entails letting go, true love entails vulnerability. But, when it comes to Jesus, we are preceded and held in His holy and strong arms. Let us continue the journey!
Yours in Him,