“Simba… Remember who you are!” In Disney’s The Lion King, Simba finds the strength to face his past, return home, fight evil, and take his rightful place in the circle of life but only after he remembers whose son he is, the son of the king.
Today’s Gospel speaks of the intimate union between the Son and the Father and how “the Son cannot do anything on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for what he does, the Son will do also” (Jn 5:19). It is because Jesus knows who he is in relation to the Father that he can do all of the amazing and incredible things that we find in the Gospels.
During Lent we are asked to repent, to turn back to God and in so doing, we remember who and whose we are. We are all sons and daughters of the greatest King who has given his life for us so that we might have eternal life.
In The Lion King, Rafiki tells Simba, “He lives in you.” God lives in us. This Lent, let us encounter God, our true Father, who dwells within each of us.
Kelly Schuster is a Daughter of Mary Help of Christians, commonly referred to as the Salesian Sisters, in California.