Apr 2, 2011

Growing Up in Lent

Aaron “Hotch” Hotchner quoted Madeleine L’Engle in a recent re-run episode of Criminal Minds. Of course this is about as dark as television can get, well except perhaps for South Park. Hotchner quoting L’Engle said:

“When we were children, we used to think that when we grew up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability; to be alive is to be vulnerable.”

As we careen toward Holy Week and as we approach the Fourth Sunday in Lent, we see that Jesus was at his most venerable during this time of the Passion. For example in John, where Jesus is seen as nearly the invincible son of God, Jesus shows vulnerability when Pilate asks him, “Do you refuse to speak to me? Do you not know that I have power to release you, and power to crucify you?”

Then Jesus answers, “You would have no power over me unless it had been given you from above” (see: John 19:8ff).

Thus although Jesus is God’s only begotten son, as John tells us, Jesus is nonetheless vulnerable just as we are because the incarnation reminds us that Jesus is “fully human—fully divine.” And Jesus is vulnerable because we are vulnerable.

This Lent remember that “to grow up is to accept vulnerability.” May God be with us through this revelation.

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