Fr. Terry Sawchuk
Some thoughts on Life, Lent, and Mark 2:1-12
This Lent you may wish to adopt a different way of praying with scripture, particularly the Gospels. An especially powerful way involves reading a passage from the Gospel while imagining ourselves to be in the story as it unfolds.
About a year ago, my car was due for another oil change. Things happened, though, and time passed, and I thought a few more kilometres shouldn’t hurt. Everything seemed to go fine, but I still planned to bring the car in. More time passed, and I was soon making a road-trip to Southern Ontario, which added to the car a few thousand more kilometres. Now I was way overdue! At this point, I hesitated to bring the car in because I was afraid of what the people at the shop might think of me! I drove on until the oil light came on. I started driving by used-car lots to check out my options!
The good news is that the car finally made it to a garage, and all is now well. The interior resistance was finally overcome. I make this public confession so that others might learn from my mistake! The moral of the story is that living our lives like I drove my car is not a good idea! Good resolutions will not keep a car running! Don’t wait for the warning lights of life to kick in before doing what has to be done. Making it to the doorway of resolution is one thing. Crossing the threshold is another.
Some of us, for example, have been meaning for some time to learn more about our faith. But as we are about to make it happen, notice how the resistance begins! Some of us may have it on our hearts to return to the sacrament of reconciliation, but then the hesitation arises: “What will the priest think of me? I’m not all that bad anyway. Maybe next week…”
The holy season of Lent challenges us to cross the threshold. Only by “entering the house” will the paralyzed areas of our life be blessed with new life and healing.
Get more mileage out of your spiritual life this Lent. Respond to the call of the Gospel. Overcome the resistance, and cross the threshold of resolution into the realm of reality!