Lent 2012: Day Two

Luke 9:23 Then he said to them all, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.

Last night at the 8pm service, Fr David preached a wonderful sermon about Lent, about Ash Wednesday, about being vulnerable.

The image that has stayed with me is the one of the dog on its back inviting you to rub its belly. How, as the dog trusts and presents himself/herself as an easy target for pain or pampering, as it is loyal to the goodness in us, that we must be more like that too. And that it can be hard, but a life without vulnerability isn’t a life at all.

Silence and Honey Cakes was the one out of three books I read recently that I had read before. And the margins are covered with my pencil notes, as it’s one of my favourite books! Fr David’s sermon reminded me of a note I’d put in of a blog piece from Fr Simon who was also there last night…

Life and love are indeed about risking openness, in God’s case to us, in our case to God – to Life itself – and to one another.

– from Vulnerability post April 2011

We need to be open, we need to be vulnerable. Jesus didn’t get an army together and keep himself protected. He drank water with a Samaritan woman who was outcast by so many others, he spent time with tax-collectors, he wandered into the wilderness on his own for 40 days ready for solitude and silence’s good and often difficult lessons, he didn’t run for the hills when they got ready to crucify him. He remained open, loving, vulnerable.

To be a disciple of Jesus, to learn from him, we need to take up our metaphorical crosses, get ready to carry some pain, and not throw it off the side of the hill and barricade ourselves into a safe-house. We need to be vulnerable. We need to be open. We need to trust in God’s strength and love as we love openly, knowing that whilst that can bring us a huge amount of pain sometimes, it will present the greatest joy, the greatest gift, and will change our lives and the lives of all whom we meet.

Follow God. Be vulnerable, be open, be Love…

Luke 9:23 Then he said to them all, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.

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