Archive for February, 2018

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2nd Sunday in Lent

February 26, 2018

OBEDIENT LISTENING

Obedience to God is not like obedience to any other authority, because unlike any human authority, God wants only what is ultimately best for you.  Unlike, human authorities, God cannot be corrupted or swayed by some ulterior agenda.

This is why we are called to be obedient to God even when it does not make sense to us; and often times, it does not make sense to us because we can only see a glimpse of what God sees.

We see a star where God sees a galaxy.  We see a person where God sees generations.  Our vision is limited to our senses where God’s is infinite.

So when God calls us, we obey – because we trust that God wants only the best for us.  . . . even when it is really hard. . . even when it makes as little sense as the story we hear about today.

 

 

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1st Sunday of Lent

February 19, 2018

WHAT WE LET GO OF

Last week we spoke about healing – that it comes from the community.  That through relationship we are healed and ultimately saved.  But we also recognized how we can struggle in our relationships because we are not comfortable with our own version of crazy or understand how to be safely vulnerable.

And so God gives us Lent.  A time to return to the love that loved us first.  A time to strip away all the excess and all the distractions.  A time to walk out into the desert with Jesus where the usual comforts and things we enjoy no longer belong.

Lent however, is not a sad time.  It is a season of adventure and of risk.  It is season to do something different. . . because after all, it is only a season.  What you decide to try can end only a few weeks from now, or it just might be the springboard into something new.

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6th Sunday of Ordinary Time

February 12, 2018

HEALED BY COMMUNITY

Today’s readings offer a contrast between the Law of Moses and its fulfillment in Christ.  According to the Law of Moses, what happened to a person with leprosy?

But how did Jesus respond?

It happens a lot in the beginning of his ministry. . . Jesus healing people but not want them to say anything.  Doesn’t it seems counter-intuitive?  Doesn’t Jesus want people to know he who he is?  Isn’t this the whole idea?

But there is a difference between loving the person and loving the performance.  How many great love stories begin with a person of great importance (a prince or princess; a celebrity or wealthy person) pretending to be a normal person in order to find true love?  Who you love, we seem to understand, is about who the person is, not what they can do.

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5th Sunday of Ordinary Time

February 4, 2018

THE HEALER OF THE BROKENHEARTED

One of the great lessons of Job is that there is no link between pain and punishment.  Just before our excerpt today, Job states clearly that he knows he has done no wrong.  That he is a good man – a man who has done nothing to deserve such a fate.

He also recognizes that HE IS a sinner, but repents for his transgressions.  Eventually his frustrations build and he questions why God seems so unresponsive to his pleas?

This question is perhaps the most timeless of all, is it not?  The story of Job is as relevant today as it was then.  We do all that we can to live a good life and still suffering occurs.   We know that we are not perfect, but we are sorry.   Our conscious is riddled with guilt for the things we have done that we wished we wouldn’t have done.