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

 

 

Saturday - Fifth week of Lent

 

(Ezekiel 37: 21-28; John 11: 45- 57)

 

'He who scattered Israel will gather them and guard them
as a shepherd guards his flock'

 

God is truly amazing. One can just feel the drama, the pathos, the urgency as Jesus realizes that he is celebrating his last Sabbath. The whole of the life of Jesus was about gathering together into unity the scattered children of God. God's deepest dream and therefore the only mission of Jesus is that there would be a deep experience of unity between God and all people. God desires peace, enduring and everlasting peace for all generations, lived in deep communion among all the nations of the world. And yet, the Sanhedrin gathers to discuss, 'What are we going to do with this man Jesus who continues to perform miracles?' Sad to say, the Sanhedrin, too concerned with land and nation, seem to have forgotten the covenant with God, made in and through love. Instead they have replaced this love with their own illusions and distortions.

 

This is the day that choices are made. Some have chosen to believe in Jesus. Others, unable to grasp the truth, have chosen to kill the messenger of truth. We are nearing the end of our Lenten journey. In the course of this journey we learnt that we are all one, connected to one another and to creation. Our choices, which flow from our beliefs in whowe are and who God is, impact not only ourselves but all of life. Scripture has challenged us to examine our own convictions. Do we really believe in the possibility of Love. Do we believe in God's dream -our dream too - 'May they be one as we are one' - a people gathered with the One who Is.

 

Breath Prayer:

I breathe in:   'Oh sacred Unity'

I breathe out:  'Draw me into the fire of your love'

 

 

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