I am not a massive fan of TV but the other day it was on and I noticed an advertisement for a current reality show. I became transfixed by the faces in the screen.
Look at those lips…they can’t be real? Are those eye-brows tattooed on? Doesn’t anyone have wrinkles anymore? Can you really get teeth that white?
Cut to the mirror…ah!! Why is gravity taking over this face, and those smile-lines turning into ditches? Maybe it’s time to create a ‘new’ me, a mask for the real me?
I already have a pretty decent collection of masks, not so much to do with my face but ‘masking’ my identity with career, clothes, possessions, ideologies.
Jesus accuses the Pharisees and religious scholars of being hypocrites or actors, having the ‘mask’ of worshipping God but it all being just an act!
“You are hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he spoke about you. Isaiah said: ‘These people say they honor me, but they don’t really make me an important part of their lives. Their worship of me is for nothing. The things they teach are only rules that people have made.'” — Matthew 15:7-9 NLT
Lent is the perfect time to peel off those masks we put up to make ourselves more appealing to others and even to God. It is the time when we can lay bare our vulnerabilities, the things which don’t look or sound so impressive, the things we are madly trying to do, or get, or be which only hides the true image of God which is underneath all the ‘masking’.
God is offering us freedom from these inadequacies, forgiveness, a new perspective, a stripping back of the unimportant, irrelevant and focusing on who God created us to be!
So off with the masks! Let’s allow God to reveal to us the true beauty and value created inside each one of us so that we can live life to the full, confident knowing who we are, rather than madly trying to paper over the cracks (or wrinkles)!
Educational Leadership Director