Reflection for Tuesday /Wednesday of the First Week of Lent (March 7 and 8, 2017)
Inclusive Text – Readings: Isaiah 55: 10-11 / Psalms 34: 4-7, 16-19 / Matthew 6: 7-15
In Tuesdays reading Jesus gives us the Our Father.
“Creator God, Abba, God- Mother and Father, Papa ….” What is your name for God?
Sisters and Brothers yesterday we read Jesus telling his disciples how one doesn’t have to have fancy elaborate words to talk to God
I attended a day retreat by my former beloved pastor and friend, who officiated at my wedding. He held a day retreat on the Our Father. In that one day alone I found it to be a day of self-realization. My pastor went on to explain that the Our Father could be stretched out into a whole week to give the participant ample time to reflect on each line of the Lord’s Prayer. To me it speaks about living in the now, the present moment. How it reminds us in all that we do, hear and see how we are to give self-awareness to the God who created us and how our God reciprocates that love. The Our Father reveals the realization of creation before us, thanks for what has been given to us, and for the bread not yet received. It speaks of forgiveness which is so hard for us to forgive others, let alone to be able to forgive ourselves. If we can’t forgive, even if it takes years hopefully we reach that moment of forgiveness when we can finally release the chains that will untether from this world, not remaining stuck, preparing our hearts In this present reality and for the existence to come when we pass from this world to the next. If we look for the will of the Most High to be done, we have to engage in the process of conversation with God. We need to be faithful to the conversation even when we feel that it may be too much for now. Even when we may feel that way it is up to us, even after the pause if need be to pick up the conversation again. ….and lead us not into temptation.
Jonah 3: 1-10 / Psalms 51: 3-4, 12-13, 18-19 / Luke 11: 29-32
In Wednesday’s reading Jesus talks about how the people want a sign.
We cannot see the sign because we keep ourselves bound, who is it that we need to untether as the hurt, the wrong that was done to us keeps playing over and over again in our minds? Isn’t it us who needs to free ourselves of these shackles? Whose presence is it that we need to keep and be reminded of? It’s right in front of us. What do we need to let go of? Could it be anger, fear resentment, jealousy and anything that is preventing us from seeing the sign of how much God loves us?
rev. Michael Theogene