Sunday, March 15, 2009

Third Sunday of Lent

Exodus 20: 1-17; 1 Corinthians 1: 22-25; John 2: 13-25
"Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified." In other words, most people approach Truth by searching for proof, physical or intellectual. (Just look at the response to Jesus by the people of Jerusalem in today's Gospel.) But those who truly follow the Way proclaim a love that is not subject to proof; it simply is what it is. We make Truth out to be more complex than it is, because we assume it must be that way. But life is so much simpler than it appears. We needed the Old Law, but its time passed away. Jesus gave us the New Law, but now its time has passed as well. The truth of both is simply this: Love. That is all God, Jesus, and the prophets have ever desired of us. Love. Infinitely complex and yet amazingly simple. Love. Stop trying to understand and codify it; just do it. Love.