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



Saturday - Second week of Lent
(Micah 7: 14-15, 18-20; Luke 15: 1-3. 11-32)


`Your brother here, was dead and has come to life'
`What God can compare with You, oh Lord'


How often do we find ourselves praying for those who are seriously ill, whether the healing we ask for be on physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual plane. And God listens - and grants healing, maybe not in the way we want it to happen, but greater wholeness all the same.


A story is told of a man who in the dead of night was taken captive and thrown into prison because he fought for the good of his people. They abused him, removed his family and burnt down his house. Beaten mercilessly and finding they could not change his attitude they threw him, almost dead, into the street. His friends helped him and after some time his body began to heal, but he could not walk. They took him to specialists and therapists, but nothing helped. Then they took him to the great Fathers and after a night of deliberation they too decided that there was nothing they could do for him. They loaded him onto a boat and rowed out to the middle of a dam and there threw him overboard. They rowed back to the shore and sat there holding him in prayer.


Shocked, he flayed his arms and tried to stay above water, but down under he went. As he went under, he heard a voice within saying -`Forgive, forgive your oppressors'. He could not believe his ears but so strong was the urge that he cried out: 'God, how can I'. He saw the man who beat him up. The anger, the pain, the feelings of revenge stormed in him. He fought the message 'forgive' but eventually he said; 'I forgive you'. Down under he went again and still struggling to stay above water he saw his life passing by as in a film. He looked at the man responsible for deporting his family and again he heard the command: 'Forgive'. I won't, I can't. Yet, the command remained,


was persistent and grew stronger. He sobbed his grief, he beat the water in his anger and desolation, but eventually he cried out his forgiveness. He used all the strength he had left to stay above water and then it was that he noticed some movement in his legs, yet, under he went again and in that going under he saw the people who burnt down his house and all his possessions. Again he heard in no uncertain terms: 'Forgive'. By now he knew that nothing else will suffice and so after each vision he eventually was able to forgive all his perpetrators. To his amazement he felt the power of his legs moving. His heart expanded with joy at the freedom he felt, at the new lease of life that ran like an electric current of joy though his body. With tears streaming down his cheeks he swam back to the shore. With much rejoicing he was welcomed back to the shore of the living and in laughter and gratitude they celebrated the new life which they saw radiating from their friend.


Breath Prayer: Who or what needs forgiveness in your life - You?

 Your friend, a family member; a stranger? Hold that person inyour consciousness. Recall the incident that caused you pain.

 I breathe in:        'Breathe in the pain'

 I breathe out:   'Forgiveness - touch the person with healing and love. If        too painful, see Jesus stretching his hands over yours as you touch the perpetrator of your pain.'




(Call to mind the person/s you may have hurt. What was the action that may have led to broken relationships?)


I breathe in:      'Image of person/action'

 I breathe out:    'Sorrow and touch the person with gentleness and love'

 Can I this Lent meet with the people I prayed for? Will I in the power of that prayer give expression to the healing and forgiveness I offered in my time of silence?



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