Lenten reflections 2018 - 05 - Tuesday -Fifth week of Lent

 

 

Tuesday -Fifth week of Lent

 

(Numbers 21: 4-9; John 8: 21-30)

 

`When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you
will know that I am He'

 

John's teachings are not always easy to understand. There is so much depth and width in what he says - the meaning always beyond the immediate. Jesus always speaks first of God, a God who breaks boundaries, who is beyond our everyday experience. Jesus' God is the One who stays faithful long after we have gone our own ways. God is the Hound of heaven pursuing us even though we are blinded by the many small gods we worship. And Jesus, in these his last few days, spends all his energy and time to call us home even though we have become hard of hearing. He is the One, who in his very dying will speak and reach out with salvation and life - 'Father forgive them; today you will be with me in paradise'. Are we different from the Israelites or the Pharisees? Do we see? Do we understand? Do we know the God of Jesus or the Son of Man? Do we look often enough upon the crucified One or at our own sin, so as to recognize the cruelty that we inflict upon one another. If we did, then there would not be such a patience for terror and violence among us.

 

`Oh Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come to you'. May our cry be one of sorrow for being deaf and blind and one of rejoicing as we understand the all embracing love of God made known through Jesus. May our cry touch the needs of those crucified in society, those condemned to die, those who suffer hunger and thirst, those who have not hope. May we live this, our prophetic role as we reach out with reconciliation and healing.

 

Breath Prayer:

I breathe in:    'Oh Lord, hear my prayer'

I breathe out:  'And let my cry come to you'

 

 

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