In our lectionary readings for today, almost across the board (the Office readings, the Eucharist readings) this idea of “knowing” is a common thread. KNOWING who Jesus is…KNOWING that God will not abandon us…KNOWING what is right and KNOWING what is wrong. And for all we KNOW, that we hold as “certain,” we often do or believe just the opposite. We know it is not a good thing to drink to excess, yet we do it anyway upon occasion; we know it is wrong in anger to yell at our children for misbehaving, or our spouse for doing or not doing x, y, thing…but we do it anyway from time to time. We know that we are loved by God, yet when bad things happen to us it is so very easy to feel abandoned by our creator. We know those things that we do and say that cause harm–to ourselves and worse, to others…but man, when we’re in the moment it is so difficult to step back and have a broader view, to see things from the other person’s perspective. For all we know, we certainly are good at going against what is good, right, and healthy. Where are those places where you have, as the words of the Penitential Order, Rite I (BCP p. 320) says, “erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep?” Lent is a good time to acknowledge those moments and to find ways to change our behavior, bringing us into closer relationship with our friends, family, and especially God–who, by the way, KNOWS us all through and through and loves us anyway. Always.