Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent
“When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I AM, and that I do nothing on my own"
I AM, He said. What was He exactly? Human and Divine? Savior and redeemer and lover and friend? A preacher and teacher and a son and a Son? He was everything and is everything and will forever be everything. It took a crucifixion for us to realize that He is who He said He is. And He most certainly is. And that is so utterly important to realize, so crucial to this Man’s story and how it plays a role in our lives. With every breath in and every breath out it is important to realize how we feel freed and not crushed by the weight that He nailed to His back and bore for us. But He didn’t stop there, in just saying everything He was in those two simple words. Oh no, He went on to make sure we knew that even He couldn’t do it all alone. He needed help.
Why we go through our moments in life and think we can handle anything on our own baffles me. I mean here in John is the savior of the world admitting that He needs help from the Heavenly Father. Yet we somehow think we are better than that and try to take matters into our own hands, hands free of scars from nails that we deserved. And I don’t think that every moment of independence of ours is a blatant slap in the face to God, in fact I very much think the opposite. I believe there is a lot of good in the world and that we often do things with the best of intentions, but it is time to be aware this Lenten season. We simply cannot function on our own. We need other people and we need God. As Easter comes closer, it is time to be increasingly aware of this need for help. In acknowledging our weakness, He will make us strong and lift us up to be everything He has called us to be.
Rachel Mego is a sophomore in the School of Nursing.