March 20, 2011 – Lent 2 – Year A
One Sunday on their way home from church, a little girl turned to her mother and said, “Mommy, the preacher’s sermon this morning confused me.” The mother said, “Oh, what is that?” The little girl replied, “Well, she said that God is bigger than we are. Is that true?” The mother replied, “Yes, that’s true.” “And she also said that God lives in us? Is that true, mommy?” Again the mother replied, “Yes.” “Well,” said the little girl. “If God is bigger than us, wouldn’t God show through.”
There is a lovely movie called “While you Were Sleeping” about a girl who takes tokens at a subway station. She finds herself falling in love with a man who comes through the turnstiles every day.
Then one day he is held up and pushed in front of a train. The girl saves his life. And he finds out that she is in love with him.
It turns out that his life-style has been less than admirable. But then he says to the girl, “Because you love me, and because you saved my life, I will have to change the way I am and the kind of person I have been.”
Now – that sounds a lot like being “Born again” – like a profoundly Christian confession.