The Lord God then called to the man and asked him, "Where are you?" (Genesis 3: 9)
Every day, God asks us that question.
Where are you?
Where are you in your relationship with God?
Where are you in your relationship with your loved ones?
Where are you on your journey to the cross?
During Lent, I've been reflecting about the Passion of our Lord, Jesus Christ. In the image of Jesus Christ hanging on the cross, I have a mental picture of those who are around Him. I think about the scene and how it reflects the world today.
All of us are on a journey to the Lord's Cross. All of us are present in the Lord's Passion and as He hangs on the cross dying, the question that we have to ask ourselves is, "Where am I?" What group of people am I associated with right now at this very moment.
Where are you?
1. The Pharisees
Their hearts are hardened to the Lord. They know about God but don't love Him.
2. The Romans
They mock what they don't understand. They don't know God and would rather berate Him than love Him.
3. Peter and the Apostles (except Judas and John)
Less than a day beforehand, they had dinner with Him. He washed their feet. And yet, when Jesus was on the cross, they were nowhere to be found. When their faith was shaken, they ran. They denied God out of fear.
4. Mary, John and Mary Magdalene
At the foot of the cross. With Jesus. Risking their lives to be with Him and comfort Him in his most trying time.
God wants us to risk our lives to be with Him. He wants us to live our lives as though we are the ones at the foot of the cross. Gazing at His presence with so much love for Him that we will be there for Him as He's destroying death.
The mission in preaching the Gospel is to bring others to the foot of the cross. To deliver the Good News of our Lord so that others have the love of Mary, John, and Mary Magdalene. To bring people to the Tree of Life which is the cross and to know that Jesus died for our sins so that we may have eternal life.
In my life, I feel as if I've been in at least three of the above groups. I am on a journey. There is a path that leads to the foot of the cross. If I follow God's plan for my life, my journey will end there. It's my choice to stay on the path. If I stray, I must get back on the path. If I deviate from His will, God will ask me the same question He asked Adam when Adam deviated from His will:
"Where are you?"