LENT: Week two, Wednesday – Risk
Jesus said, “…every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old” (Matthew 13:52). Surely it is mandatory to ask what kind of training allows us to do this so that we can search it out…
What is it that can make us open so that the future is vibrant with possibilities rather than blighted with the threat of diminishing vitality? We can make even the future a flight from the past – the history of our life that we dare not examine. Perhaps we risk ourselves when we look to the past as well as when we look to the future.
In our church we talk of the need to take risks, if we are to live our lives fully and follow that destiny which is unique for each soul. Sometimes we talk of this risk-taking as though it were something that one could just do, when it is very doubtful that anyone takes a risk except the person who feels a measure of safety in his bones. Part of what is means to be a person in community is to be a person secure enough in love to venture out. Perhaps “training in the Kingdom ” is a recovery of the trust that love is there, and in the midst of failing, of trial, and loss, and whatever life brings, that same energizing love will enable us to endure.