1st Sun Lent B
Christian conversion is promoted by conversation. This section is a response to and a development on the knowledge gained from the commentary section.
This Sunday's Exposition
A friend has a son who has severe autism. After many years of love and therapy he is a member of the small town in which they now live. Rearing him has not been easy; in fact, it has been incredibly hard, with many painful times. The friend told their story in a book in order to give hope to similar parents. I wept while reading it. At the book launch, I asked her if there was anything she would have changed about her son. She paused, thought deeply and answered, ‘No, only the way people treated my son.’ She, her husband, the friends that supported them, the boy himself and the man he has become, were a long time in the wilderness and they were sorely tested. Yet having passed through that time, my friend would not take away her son’s autism because that was part of who he was and is.
Each and every one of us has aspects of our person that are weak, failed, or prone to sin. Living with those aspects is hard and we often wish God would take them away. God rarely does that for if they were taken away, we wouldn’t be who we are. No, we are not meant to give up or indulge the sin. Rather we are to live in our wilderness, having courage against the beasts that seem to threaten us, taking the help from the angels (who so often have a human face) and wait for the revelation: that grace will glow through our failures and our wounds. The last time I saw my friend’s son, he glowed with life – he knew how precious his journey had been.