It’s just over 51 years ago (March 4, 1966) that John Lennon made the observation, based on the attendance at church in England and the attention the Beatles were getting, that they were more popular than Jesus. This created a firestorm of criticism from people of faith. But the quote was often lifted out of context. Lennon went on to say: “Jesus was all right but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.”
There it is for us to see and consider: How do I spin the gospel? Who am I preventing from experiencing Jesus? Instead of being so quick to criticize a rock star, what good might have come had Christians been a bit more willing to consider the age-old destructive power of religiously-induced hypocrisy? We don’t need to be down on ourselves; we just need to take advantage of the invitation to be self-reflective … and that’s what Lent is all about.
May this continue to be a holy and contemplative season for you as we make our way toward Easter.
A blessed Tuesday.