I was sitting on the couch on Ash Wednesday evening flipping through the channels and came across the Lenten service that the Pope was conducting in Rome. His homily was incredible! “Conversion to Christ, believing in the Gospel, ultimately means this: to exit the illusion of self-sufficiency in order to discover and accept one’s own need – the need of others and God, the need of His forgiveness and His friendship.” Pope Bendict 16th
Talk about a lie, not even a subtle lie, that we believe very easily: Self-sufficiency. “I can do life by myself. I am capable, I don’t need anyone, I’ve got this one.” We may not say it that bluntly, but we live it out by the way we operate throughout the day. Think about it – if we are not creating space for God in our day, then we believe this lie. If we are not consulting Him throughout the day then we believe we can do our day by ourselves. As the Pope states, “We have to exit this illusion of self-sufficiency…” I love that statement. We have a decision to make. And not a decision like the one made at church camp in 5th grade, but a decision today to choose to believe that God is God, that we are not, and that we need him.
Lie: I can do life on my own.
Truth: We were created for relationship with God and others.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27