Franciscan Moments @ Saint Miriam: February 24, 2020

Over the years, I have come to know Jesus in a variety of forms. He comes to me, but sometimes – in my humanness and in my brokenness and in my busyness – I miss Him. I have seen Jesus in the nurse who cared for me after my brain surgery, in my mother who rubbed my back until my asthmatic spasm ceased to rob me of breath, in the priest who gave me wafers to ‘play priest’ as a child and by doing so instilled in me a life of service, in my dad who never taught me to hate, but to love even the most unlovable, in Sean who has never wavered in his devotion to the church, despite our personal wounds, in the volunteers who spend countless hours at the parish making her what she is for so many, in Katelyn who bears my child without complaint and loves me in my most unlovable forms, and in all the grooms I have had the honor of standing with when their brides turned the corner and stood at the end of a long walk, as they began to weep in pure joy, in those who challenge me to become better, and see God’s goodness in me – in all my brokenness – and yes, even in those who reject me because of my past mistakes, and in those who love me all the more, because of those same past mistakes, and yes, the man at the height of being homeless who asked me my name and by doing so taught me to ask for theirs first.

Lent for me is a time where I finally understand what it means when we say, ‘Jesus is the Word made flesh’. He is God made visible. Jesus is the Divine showing Himself in human terms. God adapted Himself to be one like us, save sin, in all of our brokenness, so that we might still have hope. Jesus was broken, scourged, lost, alone, in pain, smelly, and all without a home…so that when we are, we are not alone ever.

Lent is a way to change us so that we might become better people. The Risen One – The Christ – may no longer be visible, audible, or touchable in human form or in one body; now comes in bodily form of many bodies, many human beings, even the most unlovely of them among us and into that Sacrament we call Divine.  It is now God’s holy Church that must bear the light and say, “We see YOU! Among us here, YOU are part of us as we see Jesus, we see YOU!”

How will you see Jesus now? Will you use Lent as a time to change WHO Jesus IS to you? How will you find the Risen One among even the world’s most unlikely?

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