Lenten reflections 2018 - 03 - Monday - Third week of Lent

 

Monday - Third week of Lent
(2 Kings 5: 1-5; Luke 4: 24-30)

 

`Like Elijah and Elisha, Jesus is not sent to the Jews only'.

 

The old proverb that no prophet gains acceptance in his own place had become a theme that highlighted God's boundless compassion as He continued to send prophets to a rebellious people. The people of Nazareth failed to understand that with God, love begins wherever human need is found, including among non-Jews. Jesus used, as an example, how their favourite prophets, Elijah and Elisha did more miracles among Gentiles in foreign countries than in Israel. By referring to this he abolished the monopoly on God's mercy which his Jewish audience thought they had.

A question was asked at a St Vincent de Paul meeting. 'Should we continue to give food to those people who use the little money they had on drink, leaving the children hungry?' In continuing giving food to such families, do we entrench a bad habit or do we give witness to love and respect? When beggars come to the door do we look at his/her dirty and torn clothes or can we see beyond the 'cover of the book' and recognize in this person the presence of God, a longing to experience a sense of dignity that he/she may never have experienced? Are our doors open to Catholics only or are we open to all persons in need? Can we extend to all with whom we are privileged to travel honour, respect and time? We share in the role of prophet, priest and king. Jesus asks that we leave our comfortable and controllable space and walk with him to strange places and find intimacy among strangers in order to meet God, the real God, not our version of who we want God to be.

 

Breath Prayer:Call to mind the 'beggars' you meet on a daily basis

I breathe in:      'God's deep love and respect'

I breathe out:    'I breathe it over each in turn'

 

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