Yearning for Home
Kat Goheen of Langley, British Columbia, Canada
Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse; but, on the contrary, repay with a blessing. It is for this that you were called-that you might inherit a blessing. -1 Peter 3:8-9
I had such a strong evocation this week, visiting with a friend that I am mentoring. She wrote of the joy of aliveness that was “unmistakably welcoming me home.” Home leapt up for me as we shared these words together. I felt home in wordless, imageless ways, and was suddenly wrapped in the warmth and acceptance of countless greetings.
We are in a strange season in which we are unable to physically welcome many of our loved ones home. Even though we understand the reasons for staying apart, and know they are rooted in love, there is inevitably a feeling of pulling apart; a weakening of hospitality as we struggle to find ways to stay connected. Deep within, we yearn for this invitation to come home.
There is something in our Lenten journey that “unmistakably welcomes us home.” We follow the familiar story through Jesus’ heavy journey to Jerusalem, and the highs and lows of his reception there. We watch in confused amazement, along with the disciples, as Jesus’ values spring to life on a big stage-disturbing moneychangers and celebrating the lowly. Heaven on Earth! We stay awake, as long as we can, as our Beloved suffers uncertainty and fear. Through the familiarity of the retelling, through living the story again, we discover ourselves finding home in the very person of the One we follow. He is both our address and our invitation, unmistakably welcoming each of us to come home and be ourselves. What are we waiting for?
Are we moving toward Jesus, the peaceful One?
Gospel Contemplation (John 3:1-8)
Each week during Lent, you are invited to pray with a different gospel story from the life of Christ. Use your senses and imagination to enter the text. Allow it to come to life in you, observing details, noticing interactions, even engaging in dialogue. Notice where you find yourself in the story and how you feel about what is happening. Notice what it evokes in you or invites of you. Take time to journal or enter silent prayer to reflect on your experience and to sense where the Spirit may be leading you through this scriptural encounter.
Today’s Prayer for Peace
Engage in a daily practice of praying for peace in our world. Click here to read today’s prayer and be part of this practice of peace.