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

 

  

Friday - First week of Lent
(Ezekiel 18: 21-28; Matthew 5: 20-26)

‘So then, if you are bringing your offering to the altar and there
remember that someone has something against you, leave your
offering andgo and be reconciled first then come back and present
your offering'.

A professor one day told his students that he had an exercise for them, very different to their normal lectures. He asked them to get in touch with their anger and frustrations. Then he handed them some darts and asked them to hit the blank faces on the chart. The students were very energetic and soon all the darts found their spot. There was much laugher as they watched the professor pull out the many darts. He looked at them intently as he turned the paper round and the students became very quiet when they saw that on the reverse side was a picture of Christ crucified.

All holiness begins with life, protection of it, appreciation for it, and nurturing it. Anger, contempt, abusive language, expression of violence creates separation, and deeply wounds not only the person to whom it is directed but also the perpetrator. It not only severs relationships, but adds to the negativity saturating the environment. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said: 'If we would read the secret history of our enemies, we would find in each one's life a sorrow and a suffering enough to disarm all hostility'. Murder, rage, hate, contempt and abuse are founded on seeing others as so distinct from us that we make them unrecognizable as human beings. We pray: 'Our Father'. All belong to this Family. Have I left someone outside - in the cold? Leave your offering.....................

 

Breath Prayer:

 

I breathe in: 'With God, I touch my............ (feeling)'

 

I breathe out: 'With peace, gentleness (whatever you need)'

 

 

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