It is a story about exile and homecoming, feeling disconnected from God, disconnected from others, disconnected from ourselves, and needing to hear again that God’s embrace is holding us even when our arms feel too weak to hold onto God.
It is not meant to be discouraging, but disarming, thinking about the brevity of life. Strangely enough, it can even become life-giving.
Lent is a journey. It takes us from Ash Wednesday to Good Friday, and sometimes much further.
If we are not careful, the mountain can limit our view of God, thinking the mountaintop is the only place where God is found.
Luke focuses on the level ground beneath our feet, where no one is more valued than another.
Jesus told Simon to cast their nets into deeper water.
Love is not always the loudest sound in the room.
It is a place of grace not only for the world, but also for ourselves. We learn to offer grace to the world by first offering it to one another.
It is where the principle meets the practical—how large needs are addressed in small ways.
It is an extension of the love of God we have received given back, blessed twice, as the love of neighbor.