Verse 6 fits in with our Lenten journey when we “seek the Lord” and “call upon him.” The beginning of today’s passage is an invitation to abundant life.
The invitation is to participate in the work of God. It’s about making choices that impact us personally and those around us. We have choices about what nourishes us spiritually and also physically. How are we doing with our choices? Declining support for faith community activities may indicate lack of spiritual nutrition. Rising health concerns throughout the country related to poor nutritional choices also indicate a lack of physical nutrition.
These choices are impacting more than just us as individuals. They are impacting our communities, our country and the world as a whole. As a society we have failed to recognize and support the need for spiritual nutrition in order to be a fulfilled, healthy, participant in society.
Will our Lenten journey move us to take seriously the graceful abundance of this passage? Lent is an invitation and the reminder that God calls all of us to help with the work.
Lord, help us to engage in ways to imitate the example of Jesus through humble and self-sacrificial living for the sake of others. Amen. — JM