I began preparations on Sunday evening with a quick look at the readings for the Fifth Sunday of Lent. It was during that process that I began to realize the gift I have been given. By the mere fact that I was to prepare a homily, I was provided an opportunity to dive deep into scripture. Questions like:
- What do the Words say to me?
- What was the perspective of the writer?
- How does this passage differ from the other Gospels?
- What do these Words mean to us today?
Even with that, there is so much to say.
So now I must put my thoughts into words; words that hopefully touch people where they are right now.
It may not go as well as I would like (I still have a lot to learn) but I now know that this process is a gift to better understand the Words of scripture. That, in itself, is a blessing I did not anticipate.