4th Sunday Lent A
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
Exposed! How we dread that…or do we? During the News of the World debacle, one reporter defended his actions saying decent people do not need a right to privacy, that only bad people want it to hide their evil actions. Of course, there was uproar but nowhere did I read a proper objection to his view. This Sunday’s Gospel states that those who do good are willing to have their actions exposed. The question is: To what? To the gaze of those devious reporters and their readers who wanted to know the private lives of other people, only to despise and ridicule them? In the light of such a gaze, none of us can come out looking good. In the light of the gaze of people looking for wrongdoing, even Jesus himself comes out condemned.
But what if it is the gaze of God’s gracious love? Into that light we can readily come because we know that love will put the best interpretation on our good actions, even if they appear shoddy or second rate to us. God’s love will even view our evil actions with mercy, waiting for us to face them and giving us the grace to change.