Simba… Remember who you are!

A friend of mine who works for Franciscan Mission Service asked me to be a part of their Lenten blog series.  Here is the reflection I wrote for the Gospel from March 18th.

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 and like Rafiki tells Simba, “He lives in you”.  Let us encounter God, our true Father, dwelling within us this Lent.