(Scripture Ps 73:21-26 andPs 22:1-10/Rule of Benedict 7:49-54)
Several great paradoxes confront me in these passages: Be humble,and you shall be exalted;Be weak, and see the strength of God; consider yourself lowly, and experience God raising you up as holy and beloved. Said another way in the scrutiny language of Lent: thirst so that you may desire living water; be blind so that you may truly see; die so that you may live. Lent is a time to pay particular attention to paradoxes. In all of these it seems to me our stance is vital. When we rid ourselves of arrogance, pride and our personal expectations, we open ourselves to God and to things we could never imagine – to the ends of the stories…. it’s a great invitation even if it is scary.