An important part of Lent is looking at ourselves and being honest about what we see. If we are honest (truly honest) with ourselves, we take a tiny step towards seeing what God sees. Without over-inflating or minimizing what we are and what we do, God sees us as we truly are.
The truly amazing part is that in the face of that complete clarity about us, God loves us. Not because God doesn't care or ignores what we do, but because God's love is for us, and doesn't depend on what we do.
For us, this is hard to understand. It would be great to have an example of what this looks like in practice, seeing what God sees.
And that's exactly what Sunday's Gospel (John) gives us - a glimpse of us, as God sees us.
More on this tomorrow.