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

 

 

Friday -Fifth week of Lent

 

(Jeremiah 20: 10-13; John 10: 31-42)

 

'Is it not written in the Law - I said, you are gods'

 

In today's readings everyone seems trapped - Jeremiah by the plotters who are on the watch for any misstep; Jesus by the angry crowd reaching for stones; the angry crowd by Jesus; who risks telling them who they really are called to be. Jesus is accused of blasphemy. He speaks but the truth. Yes, he is son of God but he is not trying to lay claim to an identity that is only his. He is saying to them and to us: 'You, too, are children of God. You too can live in the truth, experience freedom and know how much God loves you. But nothing is more threatening to his listeners than freedom and love. Maybe the fear of being fully known by God is just too terrifying, and accepting that we are of God may cost us our comfort zone.

 

True, freedom is terrifying. It requires a 'letting go' of the desire for safety and security as well asthe rules, regulations and expectations that accompany them. Mostly we, in the course of our lives dig grooves, trenches maybe that keep us comfortable, keep us in the know, leaveslittle room for unpleasant surprises. But Jesus does not follow this norm. He loves his freedom gained not because he is less human and more God, but because he is profoundly human and the fullness of his humanity brings him into union with God. He is not the freedom fighter the Jews had hoped for. The freedom that Jesus offers goes beyond freedom sought at the cost of blood. Interior liberation is not accomplished quickly. It is an ongoing process that requires fierce honesty and constant alertness. As sons and daughters of God, we too can lay claim to this freedom. Do we have the courage to embrace the pain and wonder of this awesome gift?

 

Breath Prayer:

I breathe in:    'Oh sacred Unity'

I breathe out:  'You are in me as I am in You'

 

 

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