Lent — An opportunity to learn to live..

Christians all around the world are in the season of LENT (which means Spring in Old English). We are preparing to celebrate the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. Lent is also a beautiful occasion, which can teach us to live the life in all its fullness. Jesus says, I came so that you may have life and in all its fullness.

When angel Gabriel informed Mary about her call, confusion would have gripper her. She put forward her oppositions/questions. But, without a complete logical certainty, she accepted and said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord”. These words are unforgettable for her, but not spontaneous. It required so much of trust and faith. But she did it.

An unexpected call → Lots of Confusion →Leap of Faith. The entire sequence would have become a crucial experience and an attitude of her life. I can understand it, but she grasped in her person.

As any other normal mother, she would have taught Jesus many simple things. Somehow, the above mentioned attitude of her would have gone into Jesus too. This is very evident as we see a similar pattern in Jesus’ life.

A call to suffer and die →Confusion & Tension at Garden of Gethsemane →Leap of Faith.

Mary have suffered a lot seeing her son die on the cross. She have experienced true joy in the experience of Jesus’ resurrection. Thus Mary has 2 powerful experiences — Experience of leap of faith in the midst of confusion and Experience of JOY. Lent is a time to learn these experiences from Mary.

It could be a time to learn from the deeper experiences of people. Those deeper experiences can teach us to live life. Besides all good works of Lent, let’s try listening to enriching experiences of people. May Lent become a time to share experiences to grow with each other. [Deep experiences can be about anything. We may not have even sensed a presence of God then].

A Jesuit interested to think and write; Loves philosophy, spirituality, politics…. Believes in God & well-being of all humans… Open to difference & newness..

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