Fourth Sunday of Lent

God sent His Son into the world not to condemn the world but so that through him the world might be saved. (Jn3:15)

It is (for many of us anyway) a sad thing that these words rankle with so many people who hear in them the very thing they are not saying. For those on the path of Christain discipleship (one day we might feel we can be called Christians, other Christs, but probably not today) these words have a different impact. 

They beckon into a deeper and deeper experience of the love that makes and continuously re-makes the world, servicing it, repairing it and guiding it to an ever better performance despite its inherent defects. I have checked this text for typos but maybe there are still some here. A few typos don't invalidate the meaning.

The cultural baggage of the Church, in the west especially, makes it difficult for many to see that this imperturbable kindness and graciousness of God is reflected and active in our psychological and material worlds - if we activate it by recognizing and receiving it as the unexpected free gift it is. We are not set up to be condemned but to be made whole. I don't know anything better or more immediately effective than meditation to help us realise this.

The John Main daily reading for yesterday nicely expressed the way we best approach meditation as an inner pilgrimage that influences our whole life and being. He said don't be disappointed by your failure to be perfect in meditation, either in saying the mantra continuously or in the daily discipline. But he also said it is absolutely important to meditate every day. Holding to those two handles of the teaching helps us steer our way through any desert and over any mountain.

Laurence Freeman OSB