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



Thursday - Fifth week of Lent
(Genesis 17: 3-9: John 8: 51-59)


‘I tell you most solemnly; whoever keeps my word
will never see death’


`Now we know for certain (Jesus) that you are possessed. Abraham is dead, the prophets are dead. Are you greater than our Father Abraham?' And then comes Jesus' tremendous reply: 'I tell you most solemnly, before Abraham ever was, I AM'. Can we even begin to understand the anger of the Hebrews? This mere carpenter, a poor and insignificant person from Nazareth - can any good come from there - claiming to be the unnamable! Always, God is mystery, unknown, and beyond words. Jesus does not pretend to be anything other than one born of God, living and hidden in God. Jesus tried to reach their heart, tried to help them understand that listening to, hearing and living the Word of God - in the person of Jesus, life continues into eternity. Maybe to focus on the physical is easier than accepting the challenge of living the Word.


A story is told by Anthony de Mellow about a Sufi who in the market square listened to the questions of people concerning life and death. What shocked and angered the people is that whatever question about life hereafter was asked the Sufi only responded with laughter. That night his disciples wanted to understand why he behaved in such a shocking way. He looked at them kindly and said: 'Have you noticed that they kept asking questions about the next life - it seems they are only interested in the life not connected to this life. What I want to know is whether there is life before death. He then asked: Are you really alive?' Does Jesus, the beloved Word of God find room in our lives? Are we alive in Christ?


Breath Prayer:

I breathe in:    'Oh sacred Unity'

I breathe out:  'I am, because you ARE'



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