Editor’s Note: The following is part of Millennial Lenten Reflections, a blog series in collaboration with Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good. Short reflections on the day’s readings, written by young adults from FMS and other organizations, will be posted everyday throughout Lent.
Today’s Gospel speaks of the intimate union between the Son and the Father and how “the Son cannot do anything on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for what he does, the Son will do also” (Jn 5:19). It is because Jesus knows who he is in relation to the Father that he can do all of the amazing and incredible things that we hear of in the Gospels.
Can anyone else hear the words in the back of their head? “Simba… Remember who you are!”
In Disney’s The Lion King, Simba finds the strength to face his past, return home, fight evil, and take his rightful place in the circle of life but only after he remembers whose son he is, the son of the king.
During Lent we are asked to repent, to turn back to God and in so doing, we remember who and whose we are. We are all sons and daughters of the greatest King who has given his life for us so that we might have eternal life. Like Rafiki tells Simba, “He lives in you”.
Let us encounter God, our true Father, dwelling within us this Lent.
Kelly Schuster formerly lived in Washington, D.C. as a volunteer teacher with the Salesian Domestic Volunteers and was then hired at Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School. While a volunteer she lived in community with the domestic volunteers of Franciscan Mission Service. She has now followed her calling to become a Daughter of Mary Help of Christians, commonly referred to as the Salesian Sisters, and is enjoying her Postulant year in sunny California.