March 27, 2022
+ Today is Laetare Sunday—the rose Sunday of Lent
Laetare is, of course, Latin for “Rejoice.”
And today we get to rejoice a bit.
We’re half-way through Lent.
It’s a little break for us from this kind of heavy season.
Of course, we still are pondering things like sin and repentance.
But Laetare gives us a time also for reflection and rejoicing.
And reflection, as serene as it might seem, can really be difficult too.
I don’t really like doing.
Because, reflection means looking at one’s self.
And, more importantly, seeing one’s self.
Really seeing one’s self.
That can be really hard.
For me, as I said, I do find doing such very difficult.
As I’ve been talking about over the last several months, I’ve been going through this time of spiritual deconstruction in my life.
And I believe I’ve shared how as liberating as it has been, it has also been very difficult.
Realizing that certain aspects of my spiritual life are simply “fluff,” that certain things that once held so much importance to me are actually now not able to sustain me or hold me is a hard thing to do.
Ididn’t think that, at this point in my life, I would be forced to grow even more.
There’s another aspect to the story of the prodigal son that is not mentioned in the parable.
Godsaid (not literally mind you): “Seriously??? You’re upset about this? That’s the wrong reaction.”