Lent, 4th Sunday. I don't like to admit it, but it's true: I know who I am. I'm the kind of person who snacks while watching TV instead of getting things done, and then make excuses about it. But sometimes it is hard to admit that the face in the mirror is really me.
Today's readings provide us guidance. In our first reading, the Jews thought they were faithful to God, but they really weren't. Finally they are forced to admit that they have not been faithful to God. In our Gospel reading Jesus invites us to bring our lives into the light. Our second reading has the good news: "For we are [God's] handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them." God has made us for more. But in order to live what God has prepared for us, we have to admit who we really are and that we really need God's grace. That is when we learn that God already knows who we are and He still loves us.
(18 Mar 2012)