Lenten reflections 2018 - 01 - Monday - First week of Lent

 

 Monday - First week of Lent

 

(Leviticus 19: 1-2; 11-18; Matthew 25: 31 -46)

‘And the upright will say to him inreply, 'Lord when did we see you
hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you drink?

And the King will answer,

‘In truth I tell you, inso far as you did this to one of the least of these
brothers and sisters of mine, you did it to me’.

This is really a tough one. "Be holy, for I, your God am holy." BE HOLY! Bethe person God created us to Be- ......................................... Holy - Whole - fully alive, fully awake, fully mindful. We believe God to be present everywhere - around us, above us, within us, within all people. We are the living, walking tabernacles ofthe Divine presence, created in the image ofGod.

When we take time to touch into the Divine present in our deepest self, we touch into the God ofJustice, of mercy of compassion, of life. Standing in this space, holy ground of Be-ing, we see our connectedness to the other - 'We are all part ofone body' (St Paul). So we can understand the saying ofJesus - 'When you did this to one ofthe least ofthese brothers and sisters ofmine, you did it to me. Every morning we are given time - a gift of 86 000 seconds. Every night the seconds not used are cancelled, never to be recalled. Lost are the opportunities to birth joy though a smile, dignity through a greeting, hope through listening. 'I shall pass this way but once'. Can I today give thanks to God for my manifold gifts by be-ing God's word to those who walk with me today?

 

Breath Prayer:

 

I breathe in:      'Free me God'

 

I breathe out:    'That I may be for the other'

 

 

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