Sunday, March 11, 2012

Human Nature

What does it mean when we refer to "human nature"?  Is that a reference to some biological function - or a quirk - or oddball mannerism - or does it have to do with how we humans act in general?   From the NAB we read in John 2: 24-25 "But Jesus would not trust himself to them because he knew them all, and did not need anyone to testify about human nature. He himself understood it well."   That scripture makes it sound like Jesus was less than impressed with how humans acted in general.  Like many of us - He must have experienced a lot of disappointing moments with humans.  I know all of us can attest to experiencing bad human nature - not everyone falls into this category - but enough do for a person to learn over time to lose faith in other people.

Losing faith in other people is one thing - losing faith in yourself is another.  As we begin our third week of Lent many of us want to beat ourselves up because we have either not started our observance of Lent or have fallen short in what we wanted to accomplish. The good news is that we can adapt and make changes now to insure achieving our goals. That is one great feature of human nature - our ability to adapt and comprise - to change what we have been doing or not doing and do something different to make it better. With God all things are possible.

Deacon Dale