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

 

 

Wednesday - Third week of Lent
(Deuteronomy 4: 1, 5-9; Matthew 5: 17-19)

 

‘I amthe light of the world, says the Lord, anyone who follows me
will have the light of life'.

 

Moses stands before the people prior to their entrance into the promised land. He tells them to hear and observe the Law that they may give evidence to their wisdom. He asks them to be light and hope, as they live in the presence of God, witnessing to the power of God in their relationships, their governing style, the way they make decisions and the way they live their lives. But how do we learn such obedience?

How do we reconcile this kind of life giving law in a world that cries out against the violence and injustice of a Holocaust that happened in nations that claimed to believe in God, in Jesus, in the Trinity? How do we merge the law of hope, with the escalating violence in our streets, schools, and families, against nations contemplating the use of nuclear weapons? Why do we allow prejudice, hatred, and viciousness to persist in politics, economy, in our places of work - within my family? Why do we let fear and insecurity and lack of trust control our lives and decision making? And, and, and    ? Could it be because we have turned away from God, turned our back on the divine laws given to us? Have we allowed sin to reign, a darkness that pervades and destroys the freedom, life, hope and sense of well being that all people are meant to enjoy? God's laws are life giving because God wants us to experience fullness of being. So what are we to do? Today hear the words of Jesus: ‘I am the light of the world, says the Lord, anyone who follows me will have the light of life'.

 

Breath Prayer:

I breathe in:      'Jesus, Risen Christ'

I breathe out:    'Fill me with the light of your law'

 

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