Who Told You You Were Naked?

Christ has opened God to us, through Himself. God does the unthinkable and makes himself vulnerable and says "Come . . . stop making excuses, stop hiding yourselves, stop blaming others, stop throwing yourselves away, stop running from my love. Turn and face me. Ephphatha, be opened, and let me love you, let me give myself to you as you give yourself to me, and this will bear fruit."

In this Lenten season, let all of our small sacrifices and minor slips render us vulnerable, that we may be opened to Him, the Divine Lover. Let us hear his love-talk, his whispers, and his invitation.

Even now, says the Lord, return to me with your whole heart . . . rend your hearts, not your garments and return to the Lord your God. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness and relenting in punishment(Jl. 2:12-13).

The mystery here is that there is no mystery beyond love.

3/21/2011 4:00:00 AM
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