How far am I from God? How do I live my faith? Am I a Christian only in church? At the end of time, Jesus will separate “He will set the sheep on the right and the goats on the left!
The Indian philosopher Rabindranath Tagore made tiny impressions of his travels in Europe. He claims to have met in Europe with Christianity on Sundays and holidays and with paganism on other days of the week. He did not notice the connection between religion and life in Europe. In many ways, the Church is perceived more or less as something decorative, an ornament for life. Therefore, he became convinced that faith becomes only a memory of the past, of the cult of ancestors; it is not actively accepted today, it is not approached in time, what is said about it is not drawn from it. He did not feel from encounters with Christians that faith is something that enriches. All because people say they are believers, but they don’t live by it. They also believe in God and serve mammon.
This philosopher’s experience is a challenge for us to really make a transformation in our spiritual life in Lent. Fasting is a time to analyze my Christian life and answer questions about such content: How far am I from God? How do I live my faith? Am I a Christian only in church? A sincere return, an inner transformation at the time of these fasting days of renewal, may take us to the Mount of Transfiguration to experience our inner transformation. We will experience prayer, the reception of the sacrament, and other values offered by the Church when we find enough time for them. Faith’s inner experience cannot be gained in running, rushing, calculating your limited time, calculating … The mountain event reminds us that neither the natural nor the supernatural plane must be underestimated in the experience of transformation. The experience of transformation must presuppose two worlds: human and divine.
The world needs a different experience than the statement from the last decade of the twentieth century. Between 1990 and 2000, up to 2 million children, 27 million adults, and 35 million people lost their lives in wars. The study further states that in the 1990s, they registered 56 wars (armed conflicts with more than 1,000 victims) in 44 countries.
Who is on one side and who on the other? Who is the sheep, and who is the goat? Wars are not just about murder with weapons. Who kills whom spiritually? Where do we want to go to court? We decide for ourselves today. Lent is not my war in itself? Surely we also remember such facts that should cause pain. God in the human body, Jesus Christ, came for a different life, a different experience. It is time for us to contribute to other experiences in our lives through Lent. Amen.
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