Grace to you!
Prudence is a tricky tool. Once considered an admirable quality, sustaining it is a challenge. Knowing what to say and how to say it isn’t a simple skill. A time will come when no prudence is required. Then it will be a-matter-of-fact daring truth.
Consider in your work place: You may’ve heard lies told over and over again. You’ve been prudent not to say a word, so you can keep your job or simply to be the nice guy. As the lies mount, they spread like oil, crisscrossing every boundary until they come right at you. You must either take a stand or become part of the lie.
What would you do? Quit the job? Play to the gallery? Keep silent? Or take a stand? By and by, you must take a stand which may have huge implications. Will you choose to remain silent and be a victim of deceitful cowardice? Or will you stand by the truth?
These are not hypothetical scenarios; they are real. I have heard of numerous dilemmas of this kind in families and in the work place. Little surprise, whistle blowers sometimes play an ethical role. They may think, “We have to take a stand.”
In our spiritual journey, a time will come when we must dare to state who we are, what we believe and where we are going. As Scripture would say, “At the appropriate time.”
During the journey of Lent, we better take a cue from Jesus who, in the Gospel of John 10:31-42, never backs down despite two back-to-back threats on his life. In matters of his identity as one with God, as God, and as Son of Man, no compromise was necessary. It’s a-matter-of-fact reality about his identity as God.
Lent will lose its element if it does not lead us to this matter-of-fact reality. Lent is like a thread, connecting participants to the Christ. We have to ask; where am I in my belief in the divinity of Christ?
As we wrap up the fifth week of Lent, wouldn’t it be wonderful to take a stand if we haven’t; in short, to affirm our belief in the unique, singularity of the divinity of Christ in the triune God? As well as promise the Lord to abide by the ethical demands of this confession in season and out of season.
This decision is a source of controversy. To stand by it entails the cross. Not surprising since our Christian journey is shaped by the Way of the Cross.
Let us pray: Lord, give me the grace to take a stand for you as our Lord and Savior and be ready to carry the cross associated with this faith declaration. Amen.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Friday, Lent, Week 5: Jer 20:10-13; Jn 10:31-42]
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on the bible readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.