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

 

 

Thursday - Third week of Lent

 (Jeremiah 7: 23-28; Luke 11: 14-23)

 `Every kingdom divided against itself is heading for ruin, and a

household divided against itself collapses'.

 

Sometimes it is frustrating that, no matter how hard we try to do what is right, someone is going to misinterpret our motives, misunderstand our actions, misjudge our actions. Today Luke speaks about the experience in just such a situation, however, it is on a very serious level. His whole mission was being twisted and turned inside out. Jesus' use of power announces that he belongs to and serves God alone. His mission is proclaiming the Kingdom of God, making the blind see, the dumb to speak - both physically and spiritually. To accuse him of being possessed by Beelzebub was an offensive insult, an attack that clearly comes from a group of people who do not see or can't understand.

What cannot fit into my understanding or my experience may well become a threat, something to fear and reject. So we strike out, reading into actions what we actually fear. Self-preservation, greed, need for power and control then lashes out in violence - physical, spiritual, emotional or mental. Jesus, on the cross prayed: 'Father, forgive them, for they do not see'. When our focus is limited and closed we cannot see beyond the confines of what keeps us feeling safe and in control. When our focus is on our ego self we can easily condemn, put people into boxes, reject an explanation of action, be suspicious of friends and family and in this way put an end to a relationship that once was an experience of love and joy.

 

Breath Prayer: (I call to mind a person or group of persons whom I have prejudged in a negative light)

I breathe in:     'Jesus, Son of God'

I breathe out: 'I am sorry'

 

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