Social Media certainly has its challenges, but there are also many positives that it brings about. One of them is a concept that our kids are embracing – “telling their story”. My middle daughter takes random pictures all day long and adds thought-provoking and usually witty captions to them, all in an effort to “tell her story.” It is interesting to notice the different points in time that she is capturing in order o put together a picture of who she is on any given day. But “telling our story” is not the sole property of the younger generation. We all spin our own tales and decide how we want to portray ourselves to the world. Some use Facebook, some use photo albums, some write it down, others simply use voices – but we all have a story to tell, and chances are, we all have a preferred method of telling it. It is no different for the story of our faith.
The Bible IS the story of the human race. God didn’t have Snap Chat or Twitter, but he did have voices and eventually writing instruments. The story of His great Love for us, how humanity has responded to this Love (sometimes rejecting it and sometimes embracing it) is captured through the people of Israel and our Savior, Jesus Christ. The interesting thing is that this story is also the story of each and every one of us. This leads to a thought-provoking question: how are we responding?
Lent gives us time to consider our response. By focusing on prayer, sacrifice, and giving, we have an opportunity to step back and look at how our story is going. Are we embracing God’s love in our daily lives or are the choices that we make rejecting it in some way?
We are now into the fourth week of this year’s penitential season, and I hope your Lent is going well. I hope that that you are finding it to be an opportunity to reflect and respond, by shifting your focus from the busy-ness of life to the needs in the world around you; especially those that you can impact through your actions and attitudes.
Looking ahead, there is another story that is almost upon us: the story of Jesus’ last days as man on Earth. At our next LIGHT Gathering, we’ll be looking at this story and the fact that we are able to enter into it as we celebrate the Triduum. The three days that draw us into Jesus’ great Sacrifice and the subsequent joy of His Resurrection. We’ll look closely at Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. We’ll explore the liturgies that take place on each day and discover together how we are called to respond.
These last three days of Holy Week will allow us to see our stories as intertwined with Jesus’ as we get ready to enter the Easter season. As we do, what snapshots of our time will prove to be important to the story? What thought-provoking (and maybe even witty) captions will describe the moments that Jesus’ Love is being shared? And then how will we share this story with others? It’s too exciting to keep it a secret; like our kids on Instagram and Vine, we have to tell it to the world. God did!!