In Luke, Chapter 9, Jesus faces a choice, a crossroads. Will he seek the way of power
and celebrity or will he set his face toward Jerusalem and the cross? From that moment
on in Luke’s Gospel, the journey is toward Jerusalem.
This Lent, we walk with Jesus on that journey. Lent is the perfect season to consider the
critical crossroads of life, times when faith and life intersect. Do we choose the way of
compassion or indifference? Do we choose the way of resentment or reconciliation? Do
we choose the way of isolation or solidarity? Do we choose to remain lost, or to let ourselves
be found? How does the way of Jesus grace us with courage for the journey?
In his book "The Road to Daybreak," Henri Nouwen offers the following prayer:
Dear Lord Jesus,
Tomorrow the Lenten season begins. It is a time to be with you in a special way, a
time to pray, to fast, and thus to follow you on your way to Jerusalem, to Golgotha, and
to the final victory over death.
I am still so divided. I truly want to follow you, but I also want to follow my own desires
and lend an ear to the voices that speak about prestige, success, human respect,
pleasure, power, and influence. Help me to become deaf to these voices and more attentive
to your voice, which calls me to choose the narrow road to life.
I know that Lent is going to be a very hard time for me. The choice for your way has
to be made every moment of my life. I have to choose thoughts that are your thoughts,
words that are your words, and actions that are your actions. There are no times or
places without choices. And I know how deeply I resist choosing you.
Please, Lord, be with me at every moment and in every place. Give me the strength
and the courage to live this season faithfully, so that, when Easter comes, I will be able to
taste with joy the new life which you have prepared for me.
We dare to walk this journey, face these CROSS+roads because we have the promise of
the psalmist: “You will show me the path of life” (Psalm 16:11)
“Bless now, O God, the journey that all your people make, the path through noise and
silence, the way of give and take. The trail is found in desert and winds the mountain
round, then leads beside still waters, the road where faith is found.” (ELW 326)
At the CROSS+roads we will be shown the path of life, the road where faith is found.
See you on the journey,