What makes us human? What defines a human being? There may be many, many answers to these questions. One thing that we all have in common as humans is that we make mistakes. We screw up. We err. Sometimes out of poor judgment. Sometimes from less than noble motivations. Sometimes from greed. Sometimes from arrogance and pride. Sometimes from ignorance. Sometimes with the best of intentions. Regardless of the reasons or motivations or explanations, we all make mistakes. Even if we don’t want to admit it!
Yes, we will all make mistakes. Some with large consequences. Some of less significance. What may further define us as individuals is what we do in the aftermath of our mistakes. How do we follow up? Do we take responsibility? Blame others? Hide the evidence? Do we try to make things right? Are we accountable?
Our faith teaches us that no matter what we have done we are still encompassed by Divine love. There is always a way back. Reconciliation is possible. It may take time and effort. Much forgiveness may be needed. But we can always find a way home to ourselves, our dignity, and God. Story after story after story in the Bible and especially in the gospels is about the way back. For there is always a way back.
May we make our way closer to home this Lenten season.
Lectionary readings for today:
2 Chronicles 29:1-11, 16-19
Prayer: Our human spirits are resilient. May we not be afraid to clean up when we make a mess of things. Amen.