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From Sin to Risk to Suffering to Resurrection!

April 6th, 2012by Sr. Leslie Keener

We have been on quite a journey over these last six weeks, haven’t we?

First we came to terms with our own mortality and sinfulness.  Remember you are dust.  Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.  We received a healthy dose of humility.  We pledged to be better.  And we worked to become so.

Then, about a month later, we were invite to pray with the Feast of the Annunciation, the commemoration of Mary and her yes and where that got her and where that got us.  I think of the Annunciation as the celebration of Call and Yes, and not just a little invitation and a lukewarm, ”Well, okay.”  Instead, the Annunciation deals with the kind of call from God that demands nothing less than our whole selves.  We pray with Mary at this feast because, in our own way, God also calls us to great risk and walking into the darkness of the unknown with only the small candle of our faith and trust.  When we  follow a call from God, we have to learn what trust really is.

And then to the Triduum, which to me is the best of the best of our Catholic prayer, but at the time was a tumultuous few days for Jesus and his followers.  A foot washing, a betrayal, a trial, and an execution.  All that Jesus taught and revealed came to a head over these few days and the people who knew and loved him the most seemed to have no idea what was happening.  Confusion, grief, desolation.

And maybe they asked themselves what I’ve asked myself during particularly trying times, “Is this where the journey leads?  Is suffering the end of the road, and was all of this for nothing?”

After all of the grief and pain that came with following Jesus, his disciples faced an experience of life that was, well, astounding.  I don’t even know how to say what it was for them; I can only guess at the emotions bombarding them.

And thanks be to God that we have been called and drawn into this life too –not just over these weeks of Lent and Triduum, but over and over throughout our lives.  Misery is not the end of the story, and for every death we face, God brings resurrection too.

I guess for me, Lent has been a season that took me on a journey of my whole life in the span of six weeks – the ups, the downs, the calls from God, the yes, the happy endings and new beginnings.  What a wild ride!

Sr. Leslie Keener

Sister Leslie Keener is a campus minister to UC through St. Monica-St. George Parish Newman Center ( and a Sister of Divine Providence ( She also serves on the committee for Cincinnati Theology on Tap @ Clifton (