When did we see you hungry?
‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?’
The mystery of Lent is the mystery of suffering and loss. I am losing what is most precious to me, and yet at the same time I am learning more about how much I can love. I learn to understand – slowly and grudgingly – that God is in absolute solidarity with us in suffering. To be human is to be finite: we are not gods, even though we sometimes carry on like gods. And when we lose everything we discover who we truly are: naked, vulnerable, dependent. We realise we need a God. And now Jesus embraces the totality of human suffering. This is divine work and divine love. It makes us more human, more connected, more open to the divine mystery. It offers a glimmer of hope … but there are so many days I am yet to endure.
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