Lenten reflections 2018 - 02 - Monday - Second week of Lent


  Monday - Second week of Lent

(Daniel 9: 4-10; Luke 6: 36-38)


‘The amount you measure out is the amount you will be given back’.


G.K. Chesterton once said: 'Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried'. Lent is a time of greening, of leaping up in faith, of restoring hope, and of repairing earth in order to create a place where promises can thrive. We begin with Daniel, who is the first to receive visions of the coming of the Son of Man. Daniel, who is a prophet, is also a pray-er, one who beseeches God on behalf of his people. The prayer is a sad litany of failure, unfaithfulness and forgetfulness in the presence of the enduring mercy of God. But always the cry comes back to God, to the essence of the covenant: 'But you, oh Lord our God, are compassion and forgiveness! ' The good news of Luke from the sermon on the mount is Jesus' clear command to the disciples, and to us, `to be compassionate as your Father is compassionate'. As we do to one another, so it shall be done to us - even more so when we emulate a loving God.


Lent is about salvation and the recreation of earth. It is about God's compassion being let loose on earth so much so that it covers us, like a quilt, and we experience peace and the sleep of the just; a security in which children are assured that they can dwell in safety. Lent is about living the Kingdom of God into history transforming everything. Difficult? Indeed it is. But when we realize that Jesus lives and loves within us, then we know we have this kind of love to give.


Breath Prayer: Who is going to benefit from your compassion today?

 I breathe in:     'Compassion.'

 I breathe out:    'Compassion'


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