Rom 5:1-2, 5-8
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by Carlee Kocon, '08
As we enter this third week of Lent, the readings call us to place hope in God and others. In the second reading, we are reminded that God put his hope in us and that we ought to be mindful of the daily grace it provides us as Christians. As it says in the reading, “hope does not disappoint,” rather it proves loves. God loves us, so much that he died on a cross to prove it, and we are to place that same hope and love in others.
Especially in Lent, a season of repentance and renewal, God seems to be calling us to reach out to others and place our hope in them and humanity at large. Using Christ as our model in the gospel, we ought to give others in our lives the opportunity to give of what they have, to share in their gifts and talents. We need to take chances on others— Christ certainly did. Christ asked a Samaritan woman for water, despite the backlash he would ensue from his community, yet, he asked her anyway. He calls us, as Christians, this week to look to the “other.” What I mean by “other,” is the neighbor we never bother to check in with, the sibling we haven’t heard from in a year, the girl sitting alone at the lunch table, the guy or gal at work that we don’t normally associate with, the person for whom we don’t normally take a risk.
So often, in the busyness of life, we compartmentalize our schedules and leave no time for the unexpected conversations. God so often places people in our lives at exactly the right times, but sometimes we don’t take the time to see them. My hope this Lent is to both sacrifice something for my forty days but also to be open and responsive to seeing the “other” in my life. My hope is that in doing so I can model love as Christ did. By sharing conversation, we allow others to speak and be heard. We place our hope in them as part of God’s kingdom. The person then gains respect and an opportunity to engage us and share of their gifts. We all need second chances, God died for all sinners, isn’t it about time we gave somebody that chance to change our lives? The risk may be great but the reward is always tenfold.