I would like to speak to the men for a minute. If you are a woman reading this, please pass this message along to the men in your life.
Holy Week is upon us! Praise the Lord! All the drama of the most epic story of all time is funneled into one great celebration that culminates in the most unfathomable event in history and leaves the world changed forever. The question is has it changed our hearts?
I recently attended a Catholic Men’s Conference in Southeast Indiana at which I heard Mark Houck speak. He began his talk by telling us, as the founder and president of The King’s Men , he travels around preaching the message that, as men we need to be willing to “lead with our weakness.” Of course, that statement makes very little sense in a world that seems to be ruled by power and greed. To even show ones weakness, especially as men, is to give the advantage to the other person and to give him the means to the upper hand. And yet, somehow it is exactly what we need to do. “For when I am weak, then I am strong,” 2 Cor. 12:10. So many times in the world of men we are expected to either have all the answers or be able to do everything on our own. We are expected to not need anyone or anything, but that is just a pile of …garbage!
Let’s get real for a minute. We need help! We aren’t perfect, we aren’t even strong! We are weak human beings with faults and failures and we don’t have all the answers. We do get scared, we can be hurt and there is no way we can ever save ourselves and make it to the home Jesus has prepared for us without His grace! We are weak! And that is GOOD! It is only when we admit that we need a savior that our savior can truly be who He is. It is only when we recognize who we are that we can finally let God be who he is in our lives.
So, this Sunday, when we are all singing out “Hosanna to the Son of David” and following that just a few minutes later by shouting “Crucify him!” stop and reflect, just who you want to be. Are you the man who needs a King or are you the man who wants to deny that the Savior can truly come into this world as a man riding on a donkey preaching about God’s mercy? This is the week when Jesus establishes a new and everlasting covenant with his people. Are we ready to accept that we need it? Be honest.