When confronting a challenge, making it to the halfway point can be both a relief and a rallying cry: “Whew, that’s behind me.” “I’ve made it this far, I can make it the rest of the way!” The greatest challenge of Lent, however, can be reminding ourselves that it is not a race to the finish line, not a trial to be endured in order to earn the joy of Easter. Lent is an opportunity to reflect, to listen for God as we move through the world.
Jesus reminds us in today’s Gospel reading that we are called to throw our whole selves into our love for God and our neighbor, and Lent is a chance to slow down and look around for where we have gone only halfway.
At the midpoint of this Lenten season, where are your heart, and soul, and mind, and strength calling you to love more fully? If, like me, you find a lot of items on your to-do list, don’t worry. There is plenty of time; we’re only halfway there.
Appointed readings for today: Hosea 14:1-9, Psalm 81:8-14, Mark 12:28-34