As Easter draws closer I become more hopeful. Lent is often a difficult journey for me as I confront my fears and inadequacies, with which all of us as human beings are burdened. The difficult stock taking begins on Ash Wednesday but I can feel the slow ascent of my spirit as we approach the joyous magic of the Resurrection on Easter.
I believe that all of us Christians feel the twist in our stomachs of the suffering of our fellow human beings. I know that I feel it especially acutely this time of year as I wonder whether I am doing my part to help alleviate it. Am I kind to my neighbor? Do I sacrifice enough? Do I avoid Jesus’s warning in the Gospel today to avoid self glorification? I know I don’t rate a perfect score. Some days I don’t even earn a C minus.
But perpetual despair about my failings is no good either. I can’t lock myself in my room and not engage my fellow human beings, even though I know that I will make mistakes. What good am I to God and my neighbor then? What if Abraham had said to God: “Please, pick someone else.”?
As I walk into my office here at Creighton I usually look up at the cross on the steeple at the top of St. John’s church. It gives me courage in the face of my fears and inadequacies. And I know that Easter is coming.
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