In today’s gospel from John, Jesus is speaking to a group of Jews, his own people. But, like us at times, though they had heard his teachings and seen his works—they struggle to believe that He is the Son of God.
We may have started Lent with hopes of doing something beautiful for God, but it has been God who has been sharing something beautiful with us.
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Have you ever had one of those days? You know the kind where hypothetically, it’s Wednesday, but you’re convinced it’s Thursday? On those days, it's easy to become both lost and frustrated.
In his novel The Great Divorce, the lay theologian C.S. Lewis imagined the arrival of a soul to the afterlife. Lewis describes Hell as a dingy place where it’s always twilight and people are quarrelsome. In his description of Hell, Lewis says that whenever they want, the souls in Hell can make their houses bigger, and farther and farther apart, until each soul is effectively isolated and alone.
Imagine Jesus standing at a door with a lantern in his hand and the verse from Revelation 3, Verse 20: “Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, then I will enter his house and dine with him and he with me.”
Penitence is really about conversion. We are turning towards the Lord and away from what is harmful and sinful. The three disciplines of Lent - fasting, almsgiving, and prayer - are to help us leave behind what separates us from God.